Someone would ”why would a black man join a racist klan full of white supremacists?”. The answer is a bit obvious, but with a deeper meaning as well. Daryl Davis is a blues musician and he was a member of the KKK for about 30 years, where he befriended many of the klan’s white supremacists. Daryl had his first racist incident at 10, when a group of white boys started attacking him, the only black boy in the scout group. From that point on he couldn’t stop wondering why racism exists and what’s its fundamental basis. Instead of fighting it, he decided to listen to its reasoning and give his fight through conversation.
Daryl Davis was a member of the KKK for 30 years
The reason behind his decision was to find why someone who never met him before had so much hate about him already.
Studying books on racism just wasn’t enough for him to find the answers he seeked
While a member of the KKK he managed to talk to 200 members and make them leave the klan.
Roger Kelly, a then Grand Dragon of the Maryland klan decided to leave the klan
Roger became good friends with Daryl and even invited him to become his daughter’s godfather.
After Roger left the klan, he left his robe to Daryl
Daryl kept the robes and other symbols as proof that racism can be beaten without violence.
Daryl managed to erase racism from 200 people after becoming their friends
Daryl proved that logical talking and reasonable explanations can solve almost every issue and even racism.
He wrote a book about his experience in the KKK and racism
The name of the book is Klan-destine Relationships. He also was the main focus of a documentary called Accidental Courtesy.
Using his voice as his only weapon, he managed to change the hard-minded opinions of racists
Sometimes violence is the least efficient weapon to kill something.
You can watch Daryl’s speech at TEDx and find out more about his experiences
When a black man opts to join a group of people who were programmed to hate him before they even met him, he proves not only that he has the courage of an entire anti-racist rally, but also that he has the mind and mouth of every motivational speaker that has ever existed.