One bold move from a black man to a white supremist inspires change

Michael Jackson said it best in his hit song, “Black or White,” when he sung, “Yes we’re one and the same … Either you’re wrong or you’re right … I ain’t scared of your brother, I ain’t scared of no sheets
I ain’t scare of nobody, Girl, when the goin’ gets mean.” No one lives that truth more than a 58 year old blues musician named Daryl Davis. He has dedicated over 30 years of his life getting to know members of the KKK. Sound gutsy? His efforts have resulted in many of them leaving the klan. He travles to where they live and meets them at their rallies. He has never attempted to convert the Klansmen. He simply becomes friends with them and they give up the KKK on their own. Davis sets out with the thought-provoking question, ‘How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?’ He offers the white supremists a chance to get to know him and treats them the way he would want to be treated. They come to their own conclusion that this ideology is no longer for them. Being the person who causes them to come to that conclusion makes him very happy that some positivity has come out of his meetings and friendships with them. Davis’s story can be seen in the film “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America” on Netflix.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.