Daryl Davis, an R&B musician, has spent decades engaging with the Klan (KKK) and has evidence he’s helped turn hearts away from hate.
In time, Davis (an African-American) attended Klan rallies. He was clear that he vehemently disagreed with the group and its ideology. But he kept sitting down to dialogue. Daryl Davis explains his logic:
“The most important thing I learned is that when you are actively learning about someone else you are passively teaching them about yourself. So if you have an adversary with an opposing point of view, give that person a platform. Allow them to air that point of view, regardless of how extreme it may be.
Give them a platform. Then, you challenge them.
But you don’t challenge them rudely or violently. You do it politely and intelligently. And when you do things that way chances are they will reciprocate and give you a platform. So he and I would sit down and listen to one another over a period of time. And the cement that held his ideas together began to get cracks in it. And then it began to crumble. And then it fell apart.”
NOTE: Daryl Davis has a collection of close to 200 robes and other items from former KKK members in various states who eventually left the extremist group – after hours of civil and engaging dialogue with a ‘Black man’…
Davis is the author of “Klan-Destine Relationships,”and subject of the 2016 documentary “Accidental Courtesy.”
Read about Daryl’s story in The Atlantic:
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