I wanted to understand why racists hated me. So I befriended Klansmen

Davis, Daryl

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 didn’t 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? "I’m 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?
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