I wanted to understand why racists hated me. So I befriended Klansmen
Publisher: Washington Post
Date Written: 29/09/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21485
Daryl Davis befriended Ku Klux Klan members in order to gain some understanding of the organization, their beliefs and hatred.
Excerpt: I told him that Lewis was a friend of mine and that he had learned his style from watching and listening to black blues and boogie-woogie pianists. My new fan didnt buy it, but he did want to buy me a drink. While we sipped, he clinked my glass and said, "This is the first time I ever sat down and had a drink with a black man."
Why? "Im a member of the Ku Klux Klan," he said. I burst out laughing. Then he handed me his KKK membership card, and I recognized the Klan's symbols. In that moment, I was overcome by a question: How could anybody hate me when they didn't even know me?