Blues musician Daryl Davis never set out to persuade people to abandon the Klu Klux Klan – it just happened.
Davis has spent three decades travelling the US, making it his mission to seek out white supremacists as a hobby. A documentary reveals that the man has sat down with members on the Klan, spoken to them and even managed to befriend them.
“It’s a wonderful thing when you see a light bulb pop on in their heads or they call you and tell you they are quitting,” said Davis.
“I never set out to convert anyone in the Klan. I just set out to get an answer to my question: ‘How can you hate me when you don’t even know me’. “I simply gave them a chance to get to know me and treat them the way I want to be treated. They come to their own conclusion that this ideology is no longer for them. I am often the impetus for coming to that conclusion and I’m very happy that some positivity has come out of my meetings and friendships with them.”
In a trailer for the documentary, the author, actor and lecturer can be seen casually conversing with white supremacists dressed head to toe in traditional Klu Kluz Klan clothing, however his relationships with members hasn’t always been so smooth – in a book written by Davis in 1998, titled: Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Klu Klux Klan, Davis says that he has ended up in fights with KKK member in the past.
Sadly, with the rise of Donald Trump, the KKK have been given a more powerful voice but if Davis is able to so effortlessly change their way of thinking, there is still hope yet.