KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You

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Daryl Davis is no ordinary musician. He’s played with President Clinton and tours the country playing “burnin’ boogie woogie piano” and sharing musical stylings inspired by greats like Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. He’s a highly respected and electrifying performer who is currently an integral member of The Legendary Blues Band (formerly known as the Muddy Waters Band,) and he rocks the stage all over the nation.

Davis’ travels, of course, have always afforded him the opportunity to meet a huge range of diverse people, but perhaps nothing could have prepared him for the moment that would change his life.

It was 1983 and Davis was playing country western music in an (informally) all-white lounge. He was the only black musician in the place and when his set was over, a man approached him. “He came up to me and said he liked my piano playing,” says Davis, “then he told me this was the first time he heard a black man play as well as Jerry Lee Lewis.” Davis, somewhat amused, explained to the man: “Jerry Lee learned to play from black blues and boogie woogie piano players and he’s a friend of mine. He told me himself where he learned to play.” At first, Davis says, the man was skeptical that Jerry Lee Lewis had been schooled by black musicians, but Davis went on to explain in more detail. “He was fascinated,” says Davis, “but he didn’t believe me. Then, he told me he was a Klansman.”

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Daryl Davis poses with his friend Jerry Lee Lewis.

Most people in this day and age probably would have turned and ran right out of that good ol’ boy’s bar, but not Davis. He stayed and talked with the Klansman for a long time. “At first, I thought ‘why the hell am I sitting with him?’ but we struck up a friendship and it was music that brought us together,” he says.

That friendship would lead Davis on a path almost unimaginable to most folks. Today, Davis is not only a musician, he is a person who befriends KKK members and, as a result, collects the robes and hoods of Klansmen who choose to leave the organization because of their friendship with him.

The road to these close and authentic friendships, Davis says, involved a lot of learning on his part. He’d had racist experiences and had long wanted to write a book about race relations, but hadn’t had the opportunity to sit down and talk to a Klansman. His upbringing was extremely diverse, and his first experience with organized racism was a shock. He explains:

I was raised overseas in integrated schools. I had had a racist experience already but I didn’t know people organized into groups whose premise was to be racist and exclude other people. It seemed unfathomable to me. My parents were in the Foreign Service and I was an American embassy brat, going to international schools overseas. My classes were filled with anyone who had an embassy: Japanese, German, French, Italian. It was multicultural but that term did not exist at that time. For me it was just the norm. Every time I would come back (to the US,) I would see people separated by race. When my father was telling me about (the KKK) at the age of 10 it didn’t make any sense to me. I had always gotten along with everyone.

When Davis decided he needed to write a book about the KKK, he knew he had to find the friend he’d made in the country western bar. Davis tracked him down eight years after they had first met. “I went to his apartment unannounced,” Davis says. “He opens the door and sees me, and he says ‘Daryl! What are you doing here?’ He stepped out of his apartment and I stepped in. He said ‘what’s going on man? Are you still playing?’ I said ‘I need to talk to you about the Klan.'”

At first, his friend resisted, saying he would not give Davis the information he was seeking. “He would not do it because he was fearful,” Davis says. “He thought I would be killed. I said ‘well give me the guy’s number and address.’ He finally gave me Roger Kelly’s number and address but he told me: ‘don’t go to his house; meet him in a public place.'” Davis immediately began making plans to approach Kelly, who at the time was the leader of the KKK in Maryland.

“My secretary called him,” Davis says, “and I told her, ‘do not tell Roger Kelly I’m black. Just tell him I am writing a book on the Klan.’ I wanted her to call because she’s white. I knew enough about the mentality of the Klan that they would never think a white woman would work for a black man. She called him and he didn’t ask what color I was, so we arranged to meet at a motel.”

That meeting, says Davis, was fraught with tension from the start. Kelly arrived at the motel with a nighthawk-a bodyguard dressed in military style fatigues-complete with a firearm.

We met at a motel, and I sent my secretary down the hall to get an ice bucket and sodas so I could offer Mr. Kelly a beverage. The room, by coincidence, was set up so that if the door opened, you could not see who was inside…Right on time there’s a knock on the door. A bodyguard dressed in military gear comes in with a KKK beret and a gun on his hip. Mr. Kelly is directly behind him in a dark blue suit. The bodyguard comes in and sees me and freezes in his tracks. Mr. Kelly trips and slams into him like they were dominoes.

I saw the apprehension so I got up and walked over and said ‘Hi Mr. Kelly, come on in.’ He shook my hand, the bodyguard shook my hand, and they came in. Mr. Kelly sits down and the bodyguard stands at his right. He asked for identification and I handed him my drivers’ license. He says ‘oh you live on Flack Street in Silver Spring.’ Well, I didn’t need him coming to my house and burning a cross or whatever, and here he is calling off my street address. I wanted to let him know not to come to my house so I said ‘yes, and you live at…’ and I said his street address. I made it clear-‘let’s confine our visit to this hotel room.’
But I had no reason to be concerned. One of his Klan members lived right down the street from me. It was coincidence.

The tension, however, continued, Davis says, and eventually reached a fever pitch.

Every time my cassette would run out of tape, I would reach down into my bag and pull out another. Every time I reached down, the bodyguard would reach for his gun. He didn’t know what was in the bag. After a while he relaxed and realized nothing was in the bag but cassettes and the bible. After about an hour, there was a very loud, strange noise which was ominous, and I was apprehensive. In the back of my mind, I heard my friend in my head saying ‘Mr. Kelly will kill you.’ I stood up and slammed my hands on the table, and I felt my life was in danger. When my hands hit the table, my eyes locked with his, and he could read them. We stared into each other’s eyes. The bodyguard was looking back and forth at us, but then my secretary Mary realized what had happened.

The ice bucket had melted and the cans of soda shifted, and that’s what made the noise! We all began laughing at how stupid we all had been. In retrospect, it was a very important lesson that was taught. All because a foreign entity of which we were ignorant, entered into our comfort zone, we became fearful of each other. The lesson learned is: ignorance breeds fear. If you don’t keep that fear in check, that fear will breed hatred. If you don’t keep hatred in check it will breed destruction.

After that defining moment, the meeting was much more relaxed. Davis became friends with Kelly and eventually went on to befriend over 20 members of the KKK. He has collected at least that many robes and hoods, which he has hanging in his closet. He also is viewed as being responsible for dismantling the entire KKK in Maryland because things “fell apart” after he began making inroads with its members there.

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Daryl Davis poses with robes and hoods given to him by KKK members.

He says that KKK members have many misconceptions about black people, which stem mostly from intense brainwashing in the home. When the Klansmen get to know him, he says, it becomes impossible for them to hold on to their prejudices. He explains:

This Klansman and I were riding around in my car and the topic of crime came up. He made the remark that all black people had a gene that makes us violent. I said ‘Gary, what are you talking about?’ He said ‘Who’s doing all the shootings?’ I said ‘let me tell you something, I am as black as anyone you’ve ever seen and I’ve never done a drive by or a shooting.’ After a time I said ‘you know, it’s a fact that all white people have within them a gene that makes them serial killers. Name me three black serial killers.’ He could not do it. I said ‘you have the gene. It’s just latent.’ He said ‘well that’s stupid’ I said ‘it’s just as stupid as what you said to me.’ He was very quiet after that and I know it was sinking in.

Davis also became close with Robert White, a Grand Dragon in the KKK. “I respect someone’s right to air their views whether they are wrong or right,” Davis says. “Robert White was a Grand Dragon who had gone to prison numerous times. I said I wanted to interview him for my book. At first, he was very violent and very hateful but we talked for a long time. Over time, he began thinking about a lot of things he had done and said that were wrong. He quit the Klan. Toward the end he said he would follow me to hell and back. …and he gave me his robe and hood, and his police uniform.”

Davis recounts his experiences with the KKK in his book Klan-Destine Relationships. He says his friendships are real and intimate, and that he does typical things with his friends who are in the Klan. He has even served as a pallbearer at a Klansman’s funeral and attended another’s wedding. When asked about the fear many people feel when confronted with images of KKK members, he says “It’s just material. You have to address what’s in the person head and in their heart.”

Indeed, Davis says that the best way to break down barriers and improve race relations is for two people who disagree with each other to sit down and talk:

A lot of people have anti-racist groups. They get together and meet and have a diverse group and all they do and sit around and talk about how bad discrimination is. Then someone says ‘there’s a Klan group across town. Why don’t we invite them to come and talk to us?’ and the other person says ‘Oh no! We don’t want that guy here!’ Well, you’re doing the exact same thing they are. What’s the purpose of meeting with each other when we already agree? Find someone who disagrees and invite them to your table.

Invite your enemy to talk. Give them a platform to talk because then they will reciprocate. Invite your enemies to sit down and join you. You never know; some small thing you say might give them food for thought, and you will learn from them. Establish dialogue. It’s when the talking stops that the ground becomes fertile for fighting.

Davis currently keeps busy by playing in his band and touring the country giving lectures. He is planning a second follow-up book to Klan-Destine Relationships. He says there’s no need to be afraid of the KKK because at least they make their intentions clear, whereas racism can manifest in anyone, and it is often invisible. He urges those who wish to combat racism to reach out to those who have misconceptions about race.

“When two enemies are talking,” he says, “they’re not fighting.”

By: Rebecca Savastio

Sources:

Interview with Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis.com

390 Responses to "KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You"

  1. Greg Arrington   July 13, 2016 at 3:00 am

    This is a powerful article that teaches even when people are trained to be ignorant from birth they to can change. Change is always good in anyone when it’s for the better. God bless

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  2. toby   April 4, 2016 at 7:47 am

    i give it a 1/10 tho, bad character development and storyline but nice memorable characters i guess
    -IGN

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  3. toby   April 4, 2016 at 7:46 am

    nice meme m8 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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  4. xavier   July 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    This story needs to make big news. There is no denying we have a race problem in America but this guy showed us how to fix it, talk. Wow, great article.

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  5. Heather Reina Rippons   July 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

    What a beautiful thing to see retired/fired, KKK suits hanging in a closet instead of innocent people hanging from a tree, just because the color of their skin. Mr. Davis is certainly a man we could all learn from. His courage and will to step up to the plate, and settle racial battles by writhing out the issue with the enemy via “the peaceful route”.

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  6. Dan Vignau   July 7, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Even Ron White had a comment for these people: We might be able to teach the ignorant, but, “You can’t fix stupid.” I like to add, especially if when enjoy the company of other stupid people.

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  7. Bolu from africa   June 17, 2015 at 1:54 am

    That’s heavy bro

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  8. arctific   April 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    The difference between a deeply mistaken person and a bigot, is not that they may hold truly horrible views, act on truly mistaken information or consequently due truly horrible things. The difference is that a bigot, when given the opportunity to learn something new, deliberately refuses to learn that new thing; preferring ignorance deliberately.

    I applaud this work. My family lines are split by the issues of the Civil War. There are actually two family cemeteries where family having fought on opposite side of that war would not even be buried near each other. To my knowledge there have been three murders in my extended family stemming from issues related to the Civil War. The last occurring in 1922. Northerner’s have killed Southerners 2 to 1.

    There is one family prayer that every one knows and family reunions are neutral territory. Disputes during a reunion are traditionally separated to the North and South sides of the reunion grounds.

    A considerable mix of both accurate and mistaken information occurs across these divides. Talking about them, demonstrating what is good and what is not is very wholesome. This divide does not need to persist.

    My intestines, literally my gut, is the same color as that of any other person. My hand is not the same color as this page. The only way I could actually be white would be for me to be ill or dead. The term White is itself a distortion of the truth and a racist designation itself. I ask no person to live in shame of who they are or where there from. But, more harm is done by not understanding the other person than is done through willful abuse of the truths we know about the other person.

    God’s grace toward humanity includes that the truth sets us free.

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  9. lisaaellett   April 5, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Oh so a “true” klansman” wouldn’t be swayed? Does that mean they are right in their convictions or they are too stupid to be educated and learn to judge every individual solely on their own merit regardless of their skin color or ethnic origin?

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    • G. Gaffer   June 4, 2015 at 11:42 am

      This is just the kind of comment Mr. Davis sad to avoid. There is no need to throw around such hatred. I might not agree with the Klan’s views but calling them “too stupid to be educated” sounds like fighting words not mending words.

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  10. kwdock   April 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    For a “klansman” to give his hood and robe to a black guy wasn’t a true klansman to begin with!

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  11. Carla Miller-Camacho   April 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    An interesting article that voices the underlying motives of race haters. However, why doesn’t anyone ever talk about WHY groups of people hate other groups of people? Why do we as human beings choose to hate each other, period? Why don’t we choose to love instead? Because we allow ourselves to be influenced by others who came before us to change our hearts and minds for their own purposes. A bully could never succeed at being a bully if the people around him did not support his violent agenda. But, the bully uses threats of violence and death to control the minds of the people around him (or her.) That makes him feel strong and powerful and then his reign of terror continues with the blessings of those he has under his control. It is a sick and twisted turn of events that must be stopped. Because in the end…WE ALL BLEED RED…and we all will eventually die. The God of this world is not racist nor is he prejudiced…HE WILL JUDGE US ALL…regardless of race, creed or color.

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  12. Kevin D Lloyd   April 2, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Not trying to be funny but the brotha look like DJ Paul.

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  13. MsBrown   February 23, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Great indeed! Very smart man!

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  14. Béatrice CAZEBLANQUE   February 12, 2015 at 2:54 am

    C’est un Hythme à l’amour de son prochain et à la paix!

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  15. Betty   February 11, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Great story!

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  16. Tawanda   February 11, 2015 at 6:06 am

    It’s a great story. I agree with the success of being open about speaking to what is going on inside of people with negative extreme views. I think there should be a larger forum for these types of healings. Healing is healthy. Healthy minds are the best service we can give our society or any society.

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  17. BH   February 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I’M ASTOUNDED! SO ASTOUNDING!

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  18. Kevin   February 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Let the healing begin.

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  19. Biffany Williams   February 10, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I really enjoyed this article and solely agree with the previous comments. I have been taught to never look at color just love the person no matter what, GOD is love and in order to make it in to heaven yes we Must not hate our brothers and sisters but love them to life. GOD said with love and kindness have I drawn thee.

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  20. Robert Brown   February 9, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Racial hatred toward another person must be eliminated immediately in any one, If they desire to be with Jesus for all eternity for hatred of any kind is totally unacceptable to Gods Law, that commands us to Love and not hate, we all have two choices, which are very simple, Heaven loving your brother or Hell hating your brother, no in between, no exceptions, where u will spend eternity depends on the choices we make in life, while alive.

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  21. kimika   February 9, 2015 at 4:40 am

    We are all the same in God’s eyes. He loves us all.

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  22. misterking730   February 8, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    @jero mixed up how?

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  23. jero   February 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    One mixed up black man

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  24. sa wright   February 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    We all live under one SKY!!!!!!

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  25. Shel Horowitz   February 8, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Wow! I am soooo sharing this!

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  26. Ashley   February 8, 2015 at 7:06 am

    No, Chrystal…There should Never be a Reason for that kind of Hatred! God does not put Hatred in our Hearts! The Past is The Past! People should learn from it and look towards our Future and making it better! It doesn’t matter the race of someone else…Don’t judge a book by its Cover..

    The same goes for People!

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    • Terry   February 8, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Nicely said. Ashley.

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  27. chrystal   February 8, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Sometimes there’s reason for the hatred!

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    • mari   February 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Psalms 37:8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

      Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.

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  28. Aproph't Hectro   February 8, 2015 at 3:49 am

    #WoW the fact that he turned in his KKK UNIFORM AND POLICE UNIFORM makes you wonder about all of these officers out here.

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  29. Derrick Jones   February 8, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Inspiring…

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  30. Danita Ford   February 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    well i think that if he could go all over the world with this we might just can get this thing under wraps with these police officer who are in the group.I hope that he can start to do this

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  31. BOBBI J SPENCER   February 7, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    WOW! THIS IS THE BEST ARTICLE I HAVE READ IN A WHILE! BESIDES IT BEING A GOOD READ ARTICLE, IT IS A LEARNING TOOL THAT MAKES THE SAYING: “READING IS FUNDAMENTAL” SET IN STONE, CONCRETE AND NEVER TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. THANK YOU MR. DAVIS (I WILL BE READING YOUR BOOK), THANK YOU MS. SAVASTIO FOR THIS ARTICLE, IT TRULY “MOVED” ME.

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  32. Princess T   February 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Amazing! Thank you Mr. Davis for your service and commitment

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  33. Johnson White   February 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    The lesson learned is:Ignorance breeds fear,If you don’t keep that fear in check,that fear will breed hatred.If you don’t keep hatred in check it will breed destruction.wow…that was deep.

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  34. monticello1   February 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Cool!

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  35. Devi Brookins   February 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    He gave me his KKK robe AND his police uniform. Damn, smh.

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  36. arsenal1again   February 5, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Yep, I feel astounded. Wait there’s more astoundment incoming ….

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  37. tesmith47thomas smith   January 23, 2015 at 11:29 am

    i notice that some “white’ people try to make it seem like there is mutual animosity.
    Let us be clear who the aggressor is and who the victims have been. Black folks have not robbed, raped and terrorized the white community for 200 years

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    • Sam_Beresford   January 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      I think you’ve missed the point of the article

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      • tesmith47   January 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

        my point is that maybe in 1866 this may have been a useful good will gesture, but “Whites ” have to DO something concrete to eradicate racism and the effects of racism , a feel good ” mea culpa” is not enough today

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        • Paul   January 28, 2015 at 4:01 am

          Excellent point Tesmith47

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        • SodaJerk   February 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm

          How convenient. “Somebody besides me should do something.”

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        • Rafinius   February 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

          You can’t control other people’s actions, no matter how wrong, one sided or unfair they are. You can only control your own. So why not make the larger effort when it seems that it would actually help? Because you may be right and they very wrong but how does that help anyone? So instead be even more right and maybe they too will become a bit less wrong.

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    • mari   February 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      People have terrorized each other since Cain killed Abel. The past is unchangeable. When people use the actions of others to fuel anger and breed hatred, they become as guilty as those who first committed wrong doing. If someone starves you, you cannot use that as a reason to then in turn starve someone else. Racism knows no bounds.It is in every race. Hatred is the doing of the Devil and he loves every minute of this. Vengeance must be reserved for God, no matter how quick we are to mete out our own justice. There is no one alive today who has been enslaved except by his own devices or by the hands of someone who would cruelly do that. The current form of enslavement is committed by all races as well. Love, like hate must be color blind.

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  38. TEC4   January 23, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I am speechless … such courage – on both sides really, but certainly Mr. Daryl Davis has it. I admire you, sir. Thank you for what you’re doing!

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  39. onewitheverythingtv   January 21, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    GREAT INTERVIEW w Daryl here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvO7vxu1M_I

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  40. Jim Donahue   January 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

    “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  41. Super Man   January 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    you would be surprised to know just who is behind those robes ..doctors~ lawyers ~ indian chiefs~ pharmacist~ mayors` city officials…..family…watch what you wish for….

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  42. Karl Roebling   January 17, 2015 at 7:47 am

    The Klan is a terrorist organization, no different than the PLO or Al Quaida. What Davis has done is remarkable and compelling but it’s a dangerous example. Better, I think, for black head so off am I lies to keep a shotgun above the mantle for when the Klan konvenes in the front yard. First shot, rock salt, maybe. Or not. “Protect the family”, let that be the common ground on which you meet those bums.

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    • Karl Roebling   January 17, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Black “heads-of-families”, above, not whatever auto-correct inserted. Damn.

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      • realbkw   January 17, 2015 at 4:11 pm

        Well, that makes a lot more sense than your autocorrect did?

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  43. Jim Donahue   January 17, 2015 at 6:54 am

    We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. –
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  44. mrsolusi   January 16, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    seems creepy yes,,
    (use google translate sorry, my English is bad)

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  45. Peter Crocker   January 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I love this story. Zig Ziglar used to say that it’s better to win someone over to your side because if you try to win over them, you will have to fight them again someday.

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  46. Ron C.   January 16, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Mr. Davis should go into the black ghettoes and talk to the young people killing each other. Talk to them about racism, try to talk some sense into them. They’re destroying their communities and making it really hard for white people like me to forget about that when i’m dealing with black people, or when i see one moving into my neighborhood. i grew up with black kids who had pretty much the same childhood as myself, similar if not the same family structures, and out of the 6 guys who come to mind, 3 are still alive and each of them is in prison. im sure if i dug a little i’d find that a lot of them are in similar circumstances. on the other hand, i managed to graduate and recently started a pharmaceutical company. lately being nearly 10 years ago…man time sure does fly. My point is made, there are a lot of young black people who need these conversations.

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    • Becky Rogers Wiren   January 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

      So, you read this and instantly jump to the idea that all blacks are killing each other. Did you know the rate of whites killing is almost as high? You sure show your prejudices right away.

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  47. James Morton   November 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I really enjoyed this. This is how you make bridges.

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    • Gooproak   January 16, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      I’ve always lived by the philosophy to let the light from burning bridges light your way.

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  48. Constantly Evolving   November 13, 2014 at 6:21 am

    This article seems to impress upon the reader an effort by Daryl Davis to Improve race relations. I applaud Mr. Davis for trying to make the country a better place for those desire it. You cannot disagree with improvement unless you don’t want improvement. Book for thought: ‘From Superman to man’, by J. A. Rogers

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  49. susa   September 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    First, I cannot believe the racist comments here and yet people think the world should have peace..Racism and being in the KKK has been studied and it’s a fact that it is a mental disorder.

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    • Danny   November 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Source for this “fact.”

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  50. james diclementi   September 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    There is no co exist. Your twisted if you think peace will ever be equal in the race game. Al Sharpton should be the next black to be shot. He creates more problems than he is worth. Can’t we all just hate the muslems who want to kill americans

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  51. James DiClementi   September 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Jay, you are spot on,fight the black entitlement complex. One black man will never dismantle a kkk faction

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  52. James DiClementi   September 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Tesmith47, you are the racist. If you are biased about any race makes you a racist. You proved that by your own words. BIGGOT

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  53. A das   July 28, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Did u ever think that your comment to this article might reveal the racist in u?
    There’s plenty of things which divide us. I think music can bring people together.

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  54. tesmith47   June 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

    for all the feel good sentiments, the dynamics of this encounter are the same old white superiority complex, (Black entertainer performing white music for white folks at the white folks club) making amends for white folks bad behaviour

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    • Gaidig   October 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

      tesmith47, you think Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters are white musicians? You clearly know very little.
      As Martin Luther King Junior said, “hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” I’m not saying that we should necessarily love klansmen, but if we treat them like people and actually converse with them, we’ll have a much better chance of driving out hate.

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  55. tesmith47   June 28, 2014 at 10:07 am

    a lot of the thinking here is a part of the problem, all of the hatred and abuse started with White folks (from lynching to the century s long rape of Black women) and has been perpetuated by White society( laws against marriage, laws against home loans, farm loans, unequal schools , red lining etc) . but White folks talk as though Black folks have equally abused the White population!!!!!

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  56. tesmith47   June 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

    it is funny how some White folks here talk as though Blacks and whites are equally responsible for the hatred. when the fact of the matter is that Blacks have tried turning the other cheek for a very long time but Whites continue to abuse their position of majority power in every phase of life, and then act like they dont understand when Blacks rebel!!!

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  57. Jim   June 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    That’s an outstanding story and an extraordinary man. When you think about what he’s done and his method it hearkens back to the real civil rights leaders ala MLK Jr – not the likes of Jackson and Sharpton who are making their living off of promoting continuation of racial hatred and mistrust.

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  58. TropicDave173   June 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

    “When two enemies are talking,” he says, “they’re not fighting.”

    Best line in the article.

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  59. Kris M in PA   June 13, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Imagine…..if each and every one of us would accept others regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or beliefs. If we refused to “judge each book by its’ cover” but instead, read the book before deciding if it was worth the read or not? How far could the human species advance if we all had respect for one another? How much suffering, starvation and hardship could be eliminated? If we could all live in peace and work together for the common good. Not one of us can choose what life we are born into, but we can choose how we live that life.

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  60. ladydorza   May 20, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Look at that. This proves whites and blacks can co-exist in a peaceful manner.

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  61. Roy Coniglio   January 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    When I was a kid a very wise woman told me that she had never seen a black person, nor had she ever seen a white person. Every person she had ever seen was some shade of brown and she refused to define people any finer than that. I have always lived by that reasoning.

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  62. Cynde Grieve   January 11, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Wisdom for the world, thank you. “When two enemies are talking, they are not fighting.” Hello out there!

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  63. Steve Hester   January 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Awesome….I choked up as I read it! I am a “White Blues Musician” and have lots of Black friends as well as every other Race Creed etc! Buddy Guy’s Skin Deep comes to Mind!

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  64. jay   January 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Why do the people who have to deal with devils and racist have to always be the bigger person…. i say death to all of them…anyway time will also tell the tell about who’s genes are superior than the others…you don’t get white from black….black trumps all colors….you put black in anything in natural and it will be black…..

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    • fedewein   January 8, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Jay, they don’t have to be the bigger person, they ALREADY ARE the bigger person, unlike you I’m afraid…

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    • federico   January 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Actually, you move further away from the black of the “blackness” added, and further away from the white of the “whiteness” added, into something between the two, usually. What you’re saying is propaganda aimed at making one race (your own, presumably) feel better, and the other (the white one, presumably) feel worse. The “purity” of each gets diluted. But that is only a bad thing if you think that the other part of the mix is bad.

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    • G   February 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Because any time you want a problem solved or an ignorance erased, SOMEONE has to be the bigger person and take time to educate and solve that problem!!!! You can’t erase ignorance with hate, it only breeds more ignorance!!!!! ON BOTH SIDES.

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      • Joel   February 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

        Very Good!!!
        NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO…NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO…!!!

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    • Mike   April 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      so… how does wanting to kill them and saying Black trumps all colors any better then what they say or do? what makes you better or more right them them? (also Black is an absence of color and White is all the colors of the visible spectrum combined from a science stand point and in art mixing black into different colors will lead to a darker shade of the color e.g Green+Black= Dark Green)

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  65. HimeKika   December 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

    This was wonderful to read

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  66. Jerry Brown   December 10, 2013 at 10:45 am

    “The lesson learned is: ignorance breeds fear. If you don’t keep that fear in check, that fear will breed hatred. If you don’t keep hatred in check it will breed destruction.”

    Thank you for the wisdom.

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  67. Erika Zaas   December 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    “I was raised overseas in integrated schools. I had had a racist experience already but I didn’t know people organized into groups whose premise was to be racist and exclude other people. It seemed unfathomable to me.” um, ADOLF HITLER…!

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    • tim   April 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Cut him some slack. He went to government schools.

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  68. Aggie L   December 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I have not held out much hope that race relations can improve until the racists die out, but you’ve shown me that might not have to be. Thank you.

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  69. Alex prentice   December 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

    @Agni Ashwin: best comment ever. as for the article. I loved it.

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  70. vood lamont   December 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I call B.S. on this story. All these black loving, White guilt comments are pathetic.

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    • Daja   December 8, 2013 at 5:34 am

      @vood lamont God loves everyone. Even bitter racist such as yourself.

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  71. marsha sumal   December 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Well recently,some very famous bigot had his DNA run and it determined him to be 16%
    black. It didn’t make him a different person in this world, just a bit wiser and feeling rather stupid. Just goes to show you.

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  72. Lorie Frith Hood   December 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I am also very impressed with his courage, determination, his willingness to face the unknown, making plans to face unknown territory of the KKK. My belief is we are all created equally in God’s eyes and color of anyone’s skin does not dictate charater, moral, beliefs, kindness toward others, honesty, and such. I am white and love people of all nationalities, because I know my God loves them. I am proud of you Davis and I truly believe you are an instrument God is allowing to break racist barriors. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE

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  73. Deserttrek   December 5, 2013 at 11:12 am

    An interesting piece that does a good job of looking into people, and not the mindset. Humans can get along once they stop listening to and being influenced by others. Sadly society and a corrupt political and educational system will never let things rest.

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  74. thrushjz   December 5, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I’m a half breed, white, Hispanic, and Chinese (yes, that’s correct) I’ve been a performing Sax/flute player since the late 70’s, I’ve played and toured with some of the biggest names in Music, (Abraham Laboriel, John Tesh, Johnny Rivers, Cactus Moser Wynonnas husband and drummer), I’ve seen racism of all kinds, from whites in the south, to a Hispanic preacher who cursed at a trumpet player and myself at an event in L.A., racism knows no color, Blacks who think it’s only whites that are racist know themselves that’s not true, and Hispancs that say whites are the only racists are not speaking the truth, how do I know this?, because I have Hispanic relatives myself that are some of the most racist people I’ve ever met, Yes, I’ve met white racists in the south in my travels as a musician, but, and if people are truly honest,they know that it’s not just white people that can be very racist…

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  75. Erika Lutz-Stokes   December 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I can’t express how impressed I am with this amazing man. I am definitely picking up his book!

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  76. robert   December 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Nice to see an American not reacting to racism. He taught them something.

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    • kayla   December 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      pretty sure you missed the point… now you’re just polluting this inspriring story with prejudice against americans. Maybe you should re-read the article.

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      • Anthony Tosspon   December 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

        Actually, it’s kinda true. I don’t see robert there as insulting us *american here* You don’t have to not know something to be taught it.

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  77. Pavlo   December 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    What a great story. Daryl Davis you are something special!

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  78. Ella   December 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    my father always says, “when encountered with a battle of wit, make sure the other person is armed.” I finally know what it means

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  79. lwmomma   December 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I am absolutely impressed with this article. It give us such hope that people’s opinions and thoughts can be changed. After all it s a learned or trained thought process. Although it still exist, barriers are being broken in racism. It’s so sad for children and adults slike to be held back because of ignorance. Keep up the great work Mr Davis. Can’t wait to read the book.

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  80. snakeman   December 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    look i know a few KKK memebers and there really not all that bad i also have black cousins and a brother in law who is black along with a niece who is half black and the memebers of the KKK that i know also know my family and nobody has died i think everyone has the wrong idea about the KKK

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    • kkvictoria   December 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      No one has died is the standard someone has to uphold?

      I mean really, it’s a bigger social issue than that, but for real? They’re okay because they haven’t killed us yet is auuhh… A pretty low standard, you know?

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    • Bracken   December 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      It’s hard for me to read posts riddled with gramatical, punctuation, and spelling errors and take the person who wrote them seriously. You should really read over your responses once before posting them.

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      • Miers   December 5, 2013 at 6:17 am

        It is kind of like the pot calling the kettle black, don’t you think Bracken? It’s grammatical, not ‘gramatical’ o ye professor of English.

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  81. seanboud   December 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I served in the military with some Klansmen who became former Klansmen as a result of having to live and work with people they were taught to hate.

    One of them told me how he liked visiting home less and less because of the ignorance of his family and how ashamed he was of it and them since they remained in the Klan.

    I don’t think the military gets enough credit for this, but that’s just my opinion.

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    • RussellD   January 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Good point.

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  82. Raju Charles   December 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Jesus loves all the people! Jesus saves!!! what would Jesus say or do to KKA? Go and fight evils and defeat! Do good! Be a Missionary!

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  83. Edgar   December 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    He’s insane! More power to him. Would love to meet this dude…can’t wait to read the book!

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  84. KiminHouston   November 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Very interesting read. That is one brave man with a good heart. Eradicating prejudice one wrong stereotype at a time…

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  85. Nancy   November 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Predjudice is ignorance. I’m in an a inter-racial marriage. My husband has changed so many people’s minds just by talking to them….

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  86. richard   November 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    why did they kill brian off of family guy
    ):

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  87. richard   November 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    ;mwekljbekjllnsfklnl

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  88. richard   November 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    ur gay

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    • jeremy\   December 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

      you obviously retarded

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  89. Bill Dailey   November 28, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I heard Daryl tell this story at Blues Week in Elkins, WV and he has so much forgiveness in his heart but Louisiana Red said he had let these fellows off to easy because when he was a young boy he came home from school and found his mom and dad dead in the back yard !
    Bill Dailey

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  90. Blaq Luv (@JExtroidinaire)   November 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Ephesians 6:12 http://youtu.be/MYF7H_fpc-g 🙂

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  91. Jay Ackovic   November 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Name 3 black serial killers? That’s easy.

    Matthew Emanuel Macon, Shelly Brooks, Jervon Miguel Coleman, Brian Ranard Davis, Paul Durousseau, Mark Goudeau, Coral Eugene Watts, Anthony McKnight, Derrick Todd Lee, Charles Lendelle Carter, The Zebra Killings, Chester Turner, Lorenzo J. Gilyard, Eugene Victor Britt, Reginald and Jonathan Carr, Ray Joseph Dandridge & Ricky Javon Gray, Henry Louis Wallace, Charles Johnston, Craig Price, Harrison Graham, Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton, Darnell Hartsfeld & Romeo Pinkerton… I could go on all day. All black, all serial killers.

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    • Valentine Logar   November 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Many on your list are not Serial Killers. Many are spree killers, contract killers, members of gangs, members of religious organizations. While some of course are Serial Killers, I am just wondering why you lump them all together?

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    • Андреа Јовановић   November 28, 2013 at 12:57 am

      What’s your point? Honestly? Most people couldn’t name you that many serial killers full stop, and he knew at the time that the Klansman in question wouldn’t be able to. Your encylopedic knowledge of serial killers isn’t really relevant – only the point behind his question was.

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    • John Howard Hughes   November 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I think I smell a troll

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    • Boe   November 29, 2013 at 2:07 am

      *Clap Clap* You managed to look up a list of what you thought were black serial killers…. moron

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    • Daja   December 8, 2013 at 5:22 am

      You missed the point. The point he was trying to make is all white people are not serial killers & all black people are not doing drive by’s.

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  92. MVVT   November 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    “We share the same Biology, Regardless of Ideaology!” (Sting)

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  93. Charles Sproles   November 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    KKK has gone from what it once was thought of being. I grew up in the deep south where KKK were very prevalent and for burning crosses and the like. Many times going to school we would see crosses burning in yards we knew to be of black folk. they (KKK) are no longer of that type. Yes there are skinheads that proclaim to be KKK and spout hatred for all that are not white so to speak and they do nothing but try to put fear into all those that don’t fit. Try doing that with that type people or better yet since it is a race thing now find a mala noche king pin and try talking to him also.

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  94. Jay   November 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    How did I know that the Klansman was going to be from Maryland? Seriously.

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  95. secret   November 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    and then Obama comes and promotes racial divide.

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    • Jack Stevens   December 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      No he didn’t. Obama came and racists freaked out. Remember Obama was the one who set up the beer summit, and said we should talk about race. That’s fighting against racial divide. I mean for crying out loud he’s half-white and half-black! I disagree with a lot of the things he’s done but the one thing he’s done right is handling race, which makes sense since his parents wouldn’t even have been able to get married not too long ago. The only people who have promoted racial divide during his presidency are white racists who can’t handle the fact that our country is becoming more diverse.

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      • Jacqueline   December 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        Very well spoken

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      • Bruce   December 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

        And Obama is 100% American. Now the birthers are going after his kids to de-legitimize them! They need to get a life.

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  96. Jill Anderson   November 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

    This is the real work of being a good human. What an awesome and nervy thing to do! He is operating straight from the heart. What a daring and
    moral approach to solving a world problem.

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  97. adewale   November 26, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Nice piece there! I am impressed!
    Just like Malcom X!!!

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  98. alonewealwaysstood   November 26, 2013 at 5:37 am

    This story reminds me that regardless of.. race,religion,ethnicity,location The love of “Agape” is real and shines everyday.

    We are one

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  99. hope its not you know who   November 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    the kkk likes blacks if theyre democrats that’s why they don’t have as much work any more

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    • Doug Alder   November 26, 2013 at 6:08 am

      I see you completely missed the point of the article

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    • June   November 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Wow could you have missed the point more entirely?

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  100. Krycha   November 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Amazing and fabulous story. What a wonderful life.

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  101. Linda   November 25, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I am intrigued by this as well, and I love the positive air about it but am left wondering about some of the experiences he had that did not end in friendship. Surely not all of his encounters and relationships were so friendly?

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  102. Patricia   November 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    What I just read is something I have myself always wanted to do , but just never had enough nerve. I wish there were more people like him that are able to dispell the stereotypical views others have.

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    • Ron   November 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Sum up the nerve and change your life as well as those you encounter! Whites (as I happen to be) as well as blacks should allow themselves (enjoy the privilege) to get to know … really know… others. Not for “diversity’s” sake, or superficially, as in, “Some of my best friends are black.” but because you’ll discover that we are of one race the human race. or as Albert Murray wrote, we are all “Omni-Americans.”

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  103. Erica Cook   November 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    For years I went to a nursing home with my cat and visited with people. All I was thinking was I want to give time to people who don’t have anyone. I’m one of those people you know is gay the moment we meet, and every so often someone would ask me if I was married and I’d say no. When they asked why I’d say, Its against the law. I never did anything other than be myself and let them have time to pet a worm loving animal, but you’d be surprised how many of them changed their views on LGBT rights because of 2 hours a week.

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    • Kevin   November 26, 2013 at 6:27 am

      I’m a little guilty of prejudice against gays but every time I take the time to talk to the person, i always see that they are really just another person and a good one. I used to believe it was a choice that could be overcome but now lean towards that it’s about being born that way. I’m a guy so I can understand women with women b/c I like what they like, but i still can’t fathom men with men….but I have accepted it. Still not for marriage but that’s another more political view.

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    • secret   November 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Fk that. People are people, there are good and bad. You do not represent a whole. Your behavior is disgusting.

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      • Darian C. A. Hart   November 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

        How can you read that article and then react this way to Kevin? he might not be wholly on-board with the beliefs you and I share, but he’s obviously not “disgusting”. I might consider him to be a bit silly or backward in his beliefs (no offence, Kevin, just being frank), but he’s treating people like people and he deserves a more polite dialogue than that.

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        • Joel   December 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

          Thank you!!! Darian C.A.Hart!!! I agree, Kevin like all of us is growing or trying to grow…and this should be appreciated dearly; a lot of people haven’t got the courage or the heart to do so…well down Kevin!!! And Darian too!!!
          NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO…NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO…to you all from Joel!!!

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      • Gigigirl831   December 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        I think that you are trying to change your way Kevin and that’s great! To see people as a whole person with different views, feelings, wants, needs, and desires, it’s not easy in this world that mocks what it does not understand and hates those who are different, on a regular basis. I do not think you are disgusting. I think you are ok… you are trying to overcome what has probably been ingrained in your since childhood. it’s not easy to question what you think to be true and change the way you think. Keep movong forward make friends from the walks of life which you do not understand. It will give you understanding that you’ve never had before. Much in the way that the Klansmen and David did here in this story. “Secret”: just as you expect tolerance and acceptance in others you must give it yourself and understand that people come from different backgrounds and upbringings and not all of them are tolerant or liberal. Some are very repressive and / or conservative.
        Great article. I think this is a great example of how we can bring people together and expand minds.

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  104. Agni Ashwin   November 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    “Then, he told me he was a Klansman.”

    I hate when that happens.

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  105. happybunnyj   November 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Awesome story! Hope it goes national!

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  106. Brandon Carbaugh   November 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    It takes an inestimable amount of balls for a black man to seek out KKK members with the intention of befriending them.

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  107. Tina   November 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Great article…can’t wait to read his book. We saw him play at Talbot Street Cafe in Ocean City, MD in the early 90’s…extremely talented musician and now this!

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  108. Marianne Johnson   November 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    There are some very profound statements in what Davis says. Some universal truths. They apply to any country or group who thinks of anyone different as “other.” When a country, group or person thinks they are superior it leads to oppression and then fear. Truth is thrown out of the window.

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  109. ricklondon   November 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Wait wait wait….you’re telling me Frenchmen don’t have tails?

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  110. Thor Ewing   November 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I’m full of respect for what you did. Real commitment to a worthwhile cause.
    You know in Britain we used to believe that Frenchmen had tails?

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  111. Pundit Pete   November 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    My wife made a window decal that says:

    Racism is garbage.
    DO NOT recycle.
    Just toss it.

    It applies to everyone, and most people like it.
    Here is a link to see the decal. http://meadowlark-press.com/WindowDecals.html

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  112. Billy Bob   November 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Republican candidates should go into black churches and communities to campaign using the exact same tactics. I do business in a lot of black communities. I am amazed at how conservative the people are in their daily lives, religion and in the raising of their children yet there is a disconnect when it comes to votes. The Democrat Party has made Conservatives the Bogie Man and it’s time we show them who the real threat to their success is. Liberals don’t want blacks to be successful. They only want their votes. Consider how the native Americans have been treated by big government and ask yourself if blacks have been treated that much better.

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    • Avon J. Bellamy   November 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      This is a crock. Black people are not snowed by either party; we just vote for the lesser of the evils.

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  113. Winghunter   November 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    If he can turn racist Democrats like the KKK, imagine what he could do with Obama and Holder!

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  114. Clint   November 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Well, guess I’ll invite some Bloods and Cripts over to my house for a meeting.

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  115. Herman Williams III   November 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    As a person of color I’ve had similar experiences with members of the Klan, Neo-nazis, and others. My novel “Memoirs of an Extraterrestrial, the negro Conundrum” is a fascinating look at race and what it means to be human. It’s available on Amazon under my pen name; H. P. Stanly, check it out.

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  116. Grant   November 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Hmmm how to make an American quilt

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  117. Paul   November 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I think I heard this exact same story on Snap Judgement with Glynn Washington. Some of the phrasing is even similar.

    http://snapjudgment.org/silver-dollar-lounge

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    • Kristine   November 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Um, maybe because the author interviewed the same guy speaking in the clip?

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  118. Matthew Turner   November 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Loved the article, thanks. We need more news stories / journalists like this one ..

    There’s a typo here :

    “When asked about the fear many people feel when confronted with images of KKK members, he says “It’s just material. You have to address what’s in the person head and in their heart.”

    Should read “person’s,” unless you intentionally left it verbatim

    Regards…

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    • auroragg   November 26, 2013 at 12:33 am

      The story was so good I didn’t notice the typo. Thanks, you just completely ruined the nice warn feeling I had after reading the story by pointing it out.

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  119. Kiara   November 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

    This guy has my respect.
    I think we all need to sit down and talk with the people we hate.
    (Faith restored for a 14 year old)

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  120. Dickey   November 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hey # 10…You forgot some idiots…Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton,Louis Farrakhan,Michael Moore, Bill Maher,Barry Obama,Nancy Pelosi,Harry Reid,Eric Holder—Just to name a few

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  121. David   November 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

    This story sets a great example for all of us beyond race relations and into our everyday lives. Mr. Davis’ actions are wonderful but not extraordinary or beyond the grasp of anyone to achieve. We all have fear and hatred about some person or situation and we all have a choice to confront whatever it is with love and acceptance. Whenever this is done, miracles follow, festering wounds are healed and love flourishes. Let us all try this uncommon path and discover what gifts await.

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  122. Ree   November 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

    “gave me his robe and hood, AND HIS POLICE UNIFORM.” Let that sink in, people.

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    • craiglisted   November 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

      I know! That’s what I thought. I was like, “He’s been to prison and he was a police officer?! They let him stay on the force?!?!”

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      • James Robertson   November 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

        Maybe he was a male stripper…

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  123. carol1230   November 25, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Daryl Davis is right . ” AND what I say to the ones that yell like what they do is Excusable and not bad . ” when they GET RID OF THEIR OWN FAMILY FOR MONEY . I guess they fool themselves that Black People use guns and just do it ….. AND they try to HIDE WHAT THEY DO .

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  124. loveisalive606   November 25, 2013 at 5:18 am

    This kind of dialogue should be used with democrats and republicans they both think that the other is sinister

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  125. David   November 25, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Seriously? No Black Serial Killers? Coral Watts, Henry Louis Wallace, and Wayne Williams come to mind immediately.

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    • astronomizer   November 25, 2013 at 6:22 am

      Bollocks. You had to google “Black serial killer” to come up with those names.

      Most people can name several white serial killers off the top of their head. Gein, Bundy, Dahmer, Berkowitz, just to name four.

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      • Lexy   November 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

        That’s bull so people can name white serial killers but not black serial killers off the top of the head… I cant name any serial killers other than HH Holmes and thats only cause I live in Chicago and he is the most known serial killers of Chicago. I dont even know anything abt the ones you named let alone the ones the guy named but just because you dont or do know them doesnt mean he had to google it.

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    • Krisztián   November 25, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Henry Louis Wallace might have been active after the quoted dialogue took place.

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    • Dawn   November 25, 2013 at 7:21 am

      That’s what you got from this article? First of all these relationships span many years back. Coral Wallace wasn’t arrested until 82 and Henry Louis much later so they might not have been known names. His point is that it’s stupid to claim blacks have a killing gene.

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    • Keyonna   November 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

      He didn’t say there are no black serial killers. He said the Klasman couldn’t come up with any black serial killers.

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  126. John Devine   November 25, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Daryl Davis, you have my full respect – you have certainly earned it.

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  127. Pete smith   November 25, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Daryl has my sincere admiration , he inspires a belief that social cohesion is possible through conversational discourse wich leads to education , I hope that this can be achieved in the uk by people fearfully of the change in communities through immigration ! Personally I believe diversity enriches society – thank you Daryl 🙂

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  128. linda houghten   November 25, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Incredible courage! And very well done! I wish my cousin, Clifford J. DURR were here still to read of this Amazing heroism and huge heart, intelligence, diplomacy and musicianship! !!!!!! Clifford Durr was the Rhodes Scholar attorney that defended Rosa Parks in the first Civil Rights case in Montgomery, Alabama and who advised Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING on the bus boycott and etc. He would have been very impressed and possibly joyously amused by the Incredible results achieved!!!!!!! Linda Houghten.

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  129. michael cummings   November 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    michael cummings (@mceverlast) tweeted at 1:05 AM on Mon, Nov 25, 2013:
    #KKK #gay #dickless #homophobes
    The KKK is GAYGAYGAY
    The REAL Dragons have always lived in ASIA
    And GOD loves them so kill a klansman today!(https://twitter.com/mceverlast/status/404868355577749504)

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    • Crimpy   November 25, 2013 at 2:10 am

      What a repugnant thing to say. Inciting people to kill Klansmen? You’re just as disgusting as the people you purport to hate. Way to learn absolutely nothing from this article.

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    • Keyonna. C   November 25, 2013 at 9:48 am

      “ignorance breeds fear. If you don’t keep that fear in check, that fear will breed hatred. If you don’t keep hatred in check it will breed destruction.”
      This is what I got from reading this article.

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  130. matthew   November 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Hopefully the police are never confused by his closet full of Klansmen’s outfits!!

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  131. Gary   November 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Hate, racism and prejudism are all learned behaviors. A baby will smile at anyone no matter what race or belief. From their innocence is bred the believes of the people that surround them. No human is born with these traits or hate in their hearts, this is learned behavior and can be unlearned. I view Davis to be a teacher taking the time to re-educate people steered down the wrong road, lost in their travels through life, he gives directions to get back on the right road. Refreshing!!!!

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    • Pops   November 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      That’s actually not true. Many studies show that babies come with a certain sense of moral absolutism, but instead being defined as being “Us” and “Them”. If you acclimate yourself into the baby’s definition of “Us” by being a parent, friend of the family or someone they see constantly the baby will add you to the “Us” instead of “Them”. Most babies show aggression or fear to things that are not like them.The interesting thing is this doesn’t really apply to race. A baby is more likely to have a negative reaction to a baby that has a different shirt on, as opposed to a different skin colour. I personally believe that prejudice begins when our parents or life never nurture us beyond the “Us” vs “Them” ideology.

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  132. Peckt   November 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I don’t get it, if this man wasn’t a musician he’d been murdered?

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    • John Bradley   November 25, 2013 at 3:19 am

      That’s bscause he was chosen by God to intercede for that moment and guys that met had somewhere in their minds wanted to be free from that bondage that was taught to them so, it no coincidence that happened it’s just moments in life that God designed for us to change for the good of man. Just be ready to act!!

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    • Mauro Fonseca   November 25, 2013 at 5:23 am

      It’s not so much he’d been murdered as that if he weren’t a musician the first contact wouldnt’ve ever even been made. Everything after that wasn’t because of his music but his will.

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    • Kc   November 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

      That’s the point of the article
      It shows you how music brung him and the first Klasman he meet in the lounge together.

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    • eric   November 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

      lol, peckt? havent you ever heard the old saying that music calms the savage beast?

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  133. Fortune 27   November 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    This is an extraordinary story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Daryl Davis has the gift of instilling peace and understanding in situations that might otherwise be filled with hate and animosity. He embodies the wisdom and sensitivity that comes from exposure to other cultures. I also applaud the x-Klan members. Change is really, really hard especially when it requires confronting one’s own racism, bigoted belief systems and its supporting infrastructure that has all been in place for hundreds of years. America’s racial history is complicated, painful and on-going. This article, the story of these men, give me a glimmer of hope for our future.

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  134. Charlie Taft   November 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Good Good job…love your music…have you played with Kenny Wayn

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  135. Frank (harmonica player from Australia)   November 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you Daryl for your courage and for holding to the universal love within you. The message is simple, as you said, “…ignorance breeds fear. If you don’t keep that fear in check, that fear will breed hatred. If you don’t keep hatred in check it will breed destruction.” And you’ve shown that ignorance is diminished by education, especially informal education in a social context. Through your courage you have stayed true to Shakespeare’s mantra, “this above all, to thine own self be true”.

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  136. Vernon Rhone   November 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    This a very powerful story I loved it and the out come music and love are tow powerful forces.

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  137. MaineGeezer   November 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    A true Peaceful Warrior.

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  138. Avon J. Bellamy   November 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    What I have found among men is that if you are true to what you believe and walk with courage and conviction, you will be respected by other men no matter what your color or theirs. I had a boss who was a klansman, We had a confrontation about how I was being treated in the workplace and I was firm about my convictions even in the face of being fired. He acknowledged my position and gave me leeway to correct. He showed his respect for me by allowing me privileges he didn’t even allow White workers. True men, men with a standard of conduct and a code of honor, respect other men who honor that code of conduct.

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  139. Terry Wolff   November 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Great story and thanks to Daryl for his role at bringing people like those he interviewed with a very person that they feared most. Good for him and the work that he is doing besides the music. I especially liked his comment that when “two enemies are talking, they are not fighting. This world needs more Daryl’s.

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  140. Steven Tilmon   November 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Speechless! …somewhat. That was a wonderful story. Restores U’r faith in humanity.

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  141. Sandra   November 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    There is proof and hope that closed minds can be opened… and changed for the better.

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  142. laura   November 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Absolutely amazing what music and the heart of one good man can do,”music taming the savage beast, so to speak

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  143. Willie L. Faison   November 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Loved it! Great story and very inspiring, I have nothing against the Klan, and my hat is tipped to any man that can sit down with another man different than himself in appearance, and have an intelligent conversation, even if they agree to disagree….. While at work, I try to save as many lives as I can, regardless to person, all blood is red. I want folk to go home to their loved one’s

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  144. Verity Black   November 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This is a really uplifting story, but please don’t diminish Mr Davis’ achievement by saying he was sent by God. How much more heroic and inspiring to have done it on his own, with no spiritual help whatsoever? And thank you, Rebecca, for a great article.

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    • Mo   November 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Right on…

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    • Charles Gray   November 25, 2013 at 4:11 am

      Thank you

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  145. Addison Jones (@upukcab)   November 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Love beats hate.

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  146. Number 10   November 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Remarkable! Just think how people can come together on multiple fronts? Today there are too many people of all races trying to divide rather then seek some common ground for all of mankind. Some of those idiots are: Sara Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hanity, Allen West, not be consused with Cornell West, Ann Coulter, and the list goes on and on. Most people are too ignorant to realize all these folks do is stir the pot and make a lot of money by doing so. They get on a speaking point and get a bunch of fools to donate or through sponsors line their pockets. There is nothing constructive that comes from what they spew.

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    • Danny   November 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      #10, that’s just one side of the political spectrum. Let’s add to that list you gave: Sharpton, J. Jackson, Winfrey, Obama, Jarret, Holder…and the list goes on.

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    • Gina   November 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      So would you sit down with some of the media people and politicians that you hate, and actually talk to them? Or are you content to just sit there and hate them? Because if you are, you’re going directly against the spirit of what Mr. Davis did.

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    • Preston   January 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      The division that the people you mention create has little or nothing to do with race. It is a division of ideology. Unfortunately, the fact remains that there is little common ground between a Constitutionalist and a Democrat these days.

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  147. Ina   November 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing …

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  148. Christopher Scanlan   November 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    One of the most inspiring stories I have read to date. Yes this was the grace of god working through Mr. Davis

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  149. Arcelious Stephens   November 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    The Power of One…impressive approach to finding humanity in strange and uncomfortable places.

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  150. Tyronzia Weatherton   November 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I read the story and was almost into tears I feel like what Mr.Davis did was a wonderful thing we r all put here on this earth with different task God makes no mistakes and what Mr.Davis did was a task he was sent by God to do so thank u Mr.Davis but most of all praise the Lord for putting people like him in this world it wouldnt hurt to have more of them this world could really use it.

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  151. Jesse Delanoy   November 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I knew Daryl in high school in Rockville, Maryland. We shared a love of music, particularly rock and roll. I knew he had played with some of the fifties superstars, but I had no idea about this part of his life.

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  152. shbkynn   November 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    It is amazing what some blacks will do. We left our minds in those fields, it appear.

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    • Autumn   November 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      And it appears that you’ve never had a sound mind… Its amazing how ignorant and moronic some people are. Shame on you.

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      • Joni Judge   November 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Good comeback Autumn!

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    • Aniya   November 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Yes. How dare “some blacks” approach racists and turn them into non-racists! Clearly, that is a mindless.

      Seriously, though. This guy takes actions that lead to the /dismantling of an entire chapter of the KKK/ and you respond like he’s some sort of traitor? Do you value your victim status more than you value actual progress? Because that’s sure what it seems like.

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  153. PHILIP   November 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

    THIS WAS A TRUELY HEROIC MAN. HE TOOK A CHANCE FOR CHANGE. HE THEN THE CHANGED THE MINDS OF OTHERS. HURRAY FOR HIM.

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  154. EnosEugenius   November 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

    “Music — Universal Language” is the motto inscribed on the old seal of the formerly named Armed Forces School of Music, on the even older seal of the previous Navy School of Music, and on the new seal of the currenty named Naval School of Music.

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  155. EnosEugenius   November 24, 2013 at 11:15 am

    True — it’s not just hip-hop. “Early morning, April 4, shot rings out in the Memphis sky. ‘Free at last,’ they took your life; they will not take your pride!” — U2, “Pride (In the Name of Love)”

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  156. thabomophiring   November 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    If they stopped being racist towards Blacks through befriending a Black, does that mean they quit the KKK

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    • Jeremy Thomas   November 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      If you read the article you’d have seen that that is in fact what had happened. It clearly states that he was credited with the closing of the Maryland Klan Chapter… because they had befriended him.

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  157. Betty Gleason   November 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

    True man of peace.

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  158. EnosEugenius   November 24, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Well, Raquel, when they give up the lifestyle, that’s when they turn over the robes. Mr. Davis keeps them as a testament to the ability of love, truth, and understanding to change lives. I hesitate to call them “trophies,” but that’s kind of what they are.

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  159. john654   November 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Great article, Thank You!

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  160. Bernard Eastman   November 24, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Make the movie….and make it an Oscar winner with the highest quality actors.

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  161. Christine Houston   November 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Has Davis ever thought about coming to Chicago and inspiring gang members to sit down and talk? If it worked for the Klan it just might work with the gangs…..I pray.

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  162. Rob Anderson   November 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

    This is what hope and change look like!!!!!!!

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  163. pluck   November 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Quote: and it was by getting rid of heathens…
    If you ever come over to europe, do you want to talk to an agnost/pastafarian?

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  164. Juana Poareo   November 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Rebecca,

    I LOVE this article SO MUCH. It’s well written and inspiring and shows if people are willing to broaden their minds, anything can happen. What an incredible story!! KUDOS to you!!! 🙂

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  165. Max   November 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Excellent Article! Davis must be a truly amazing man.

    I’d like to share this on social media, but I won’t because of the phrasing of the title. Very unprofessional.

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    • Kittkatt   November 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Really, you are not going to share this article because you believe the phrasing of the title to be unprofessional? Wow! You are joking right? :/
      If you aren’t joking, then may I suggest that when you post the article you explain that you think the phrasing of the title Is unprofessional but wanted to share the article.
      Unprofessional!! Hahaha you’re funny!

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  166. Jadestar   November 24, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I am sure Davis is a fine fellow, but this story rests on the false premise that anyone who joins the Klan did it for hatred of Blacks rather than love of and desire to protect their own race. I am certain there are as many or more klansmen who found Davis an agreeable fellow, but chose to continue the klan’s work in defense of White, Christian America.

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  167. Blanche   November 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

    As much as I would like to punch a Klansman in the face, this article shows just how LISTENING and keeping calm as well as COMMUNICATING can change the world. Ignorance breeds stupidity and hate. Listen up, world.

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  168. Daniel   November 24, 2013 at 5:30 am

    ,May i get an explanation on how this grand drangon, in this section of the article (below) can have a police uniform after being prison numerous times???
    thats a fiction mistake not factual unless he was a cop before his arrest and kept his uniform. Unlikely

    Davis also became close with Robert
    White, a Grand Dragon in the KKK. “I
    respect someone’s right to air their views
    whether they are wrong or right,” Davis
    says. “Robert White was a Grand Dragon
    who had gone to prison numerous times.
    I said I wanted to interview him for my
    book. At first, he was very violent and
    very hateful but we talked for a long
    time. Over time, he began thinking about
    a lot of things he had done and said that
    were wrong. He quit the Klan. Toward
    the end he said he would follow me to
    hell and back. …and he gave me his robe
    and hood, and his police uniform.”

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    • John Loughry   November 24, 2013 at 6:41 am

      You do know that police uniforms can be purchased, right? For the right price you can have an authentic badge made and it really isn’t all that difficult to get all the bits and pieces for the belt…. so it doesn’t really matter if White went to prison or not….

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    • MikeS   November 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      You’re a moron. He’s talking about the paramilitary police style uniforms various neo fascist groups wear. I blame the damned liberal public school system, for your inability to think critically.

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  169. Patrick Bertlein   November 24, 2013 at 4:56 am

    This article brought me to tears, his understanding of others is something lost by many, including white liberals. wow. Please come to Evergreen State College and talk about this.

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    • JUNGO 1356   November 24, 2013 at 5:28 am

      sit down with REPLUBLICANS

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  170. Nada O'Neal   November 24, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Maybe Mr. Davis could sit down with our Congressmen and the President and help Our Country get along better. It sure couldn’t hurt.

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  171. Stephen Rock   November 24, 2013 at 3:37 am

    This is a great article and it is wonderful what Mr. Davis is doing. Though there is not much to be found humorous when it comes to the klan, I always have to ask myself, “How many of the klansmen nowadays or even back when they were a much more intense and dangerous group know the actual “roots” of their private club?” It has been perverted and trampled into something unrecognizable to what the founders expected and wanted. The klan started as a group of men of many different races and their main concerns were making sure that men were productive and christian members of society. they went after men that beat and abused their wives and children, men who cheated and sinned against his fellow man. All they wanted was to make society better after everything had been torn apart in our nation, and it was by getting rid of heathens…not getting rid of anyone that wasn’t white. Mr. Davis is doing a great thing to try and undo the horrible intity that through ignorance and perversion is what is known today as the KKK.

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  172. Dr Richard Staller   November 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    On the town square in Missouri where we went to school I was approached by a klan member in uniform. He told me ” we know about you Baha’is thinking people are all one”. This was 1978. I told him ” my wife and I just got back from Iran, and next to the mullahs there, you guys are amatures ! He walked away. Even last week 14 homes in one city there were attacked and Baha’is were told to leave their homes or face knife attacks. Btw mr Davis is a great musician and keeps the blues alive.

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  173. Christine Carlson   November 23, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    What a better world if there were more wonderful people like Daryl Davis. I totally agree with his comment when he said “ignorance breeds fear. If you don’t keep that fear in check, that fear will breed hatred. If you don’t keep hatred in check it will breed destruction.”

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  174. A. Dotson   November 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    God said follow peace with all men holiness without no man can see the Lord. God wants us to live peacefully with all men regardless of our color. Before we can see Jesus the one who died on Calvary we must be born again and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues as the spirit gives us utterance. And we want have to worry about killing, stealing, or destroying someone that we can never give life to. God came that we might have life and life more abundantly…. My God bless all that the ones the curse you and give them an opportunity to ask for forgiveness for their sin…….

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  175. Mr. Dad   November 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I wonder if he ever “hooks-up” with the klansman. Like, he keeps their robes, meets them in random motels, they become “friends”… Call me crazy but I think they might all be playing some ‘colorful’ games of hide the pickle(s) behind closed doors. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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    • George   November 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

      brainless response

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  176. OMAR SHABAZZ   November 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    SO ALL PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TO DO IS PLAY MUSIC AND EVERYTHING WOULD BE ALRIGHT !!!

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  177. althea   November 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I have the utmost respect for Mr. Davis. He truly shows forgiveness. However, I still cannot abide the thought of anyone feeling those robes. I am not such a good person, my memories as a child and as a white child will always be filled with the utmost disgust towards the klansmen and I vividly remember their weekly meetings wen all of the neighbors would turn out to wave them on as they set out for whatever evil they were up to. I do understand that blind ignorance plays a great factor but even as a little child I was filled with contempt and it has never gone away.

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    • stella   November 24, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Althea, thank you for comments. I too have memories of the klansmen involving many of the towns people. I do not remember weekly meetings but do remember being invovled in specfic horrific violence as a small child. I experience ptsd from it.

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  178. kelly von ashley   November 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    It is true we all bleed same color blood. Blood is our lifeline.

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  179. Raquel Lyons   November 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Why would a person keep a robe that breeds hate and decent, one they gave up this life style? Failing to understand the logic.

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    • Jeff   November 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      I think they don’t keep it, which is why he is able to collect them. I believe the robes he has are of those he has gotten to quit the KKK.

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    • Al   November 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      For the same reason you keep the flag in “capture the flag”

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      • LC   November 24, 2013 at 1:57 am

        Right?

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  180. Raquel Lyons   November 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Lol, I was called a Babylon whore for not wearing the headscarf. Just because I am a Muslima and do not necessarily honor this tradition does not make me a whore. Not claiming to be holier than thou either. #yyy

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  181. Mary Wyckoff Martin   November 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I agree with Noah. I see it, metaphorically, as a “shell” that the person has come out of. They are no longer afraid and they don’t need it. Perhaps Davis, holding onto it, has a symbol of the shells he has seen removed in order to let understanding and friendship in.

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  182. Brian   November 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    EXCELLENT article about an excellent man. Most people–Black, White–whatever–are fearful of that which they are foreign to. Once they familiarize themselves with that person or that thing–it’s a different story.

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  183. F. Conleay   November 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I am a white woman and when my children’s school was being intergraded in Louisiana all my neighbors did not want to send their children to school because they thought their kids would be knifed. I told them mine were going to school and they caught the bus and when my kids returned from school unharmed they decided to send their kids the next day.

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  184. DON   November 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    THANK YOU , MR. DAVIS, WELL DONE

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  185. Greg Sureck   November 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    an anonymous 65 yr white woman who lived in small town Indiana that was at one time a Klan hot bed said: “Times change; people change.”

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  186. k0nsl   November 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    LOL.

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  187. mageianborthwick   November 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    After my run ins with the KKK I get PTSD reading this. I made myself read it all, and I am glad this man was this brave. Years ago when I locked horns with them I ended up with blood on my hands and the knowledge that I was not brave enough not to as violent as they were…but then I was trying to save a friend’s life.

    This man is a saint.

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  188. Raquel Lyons   November 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Wonder if Christains and Muslims could do this? I wish we could sit down and have a dialog. I am a convert to Islam by looking at me at first glance you would not judge me as a muslim, because I do not necessarily conform to wearing the head scarf or hijab. Its my personal belief yet so many have attempted to throw me under the bus or unfriend me because of my views.

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    • YYYY   November 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Heathen whore of Babylon! Muhammed says to hide your beauty from men ye lustful doe!

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      • Rusty   November 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

        Ha ha ha.

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      • Rusty   November 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        Ha ha ha

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    • Mary   November 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      It would be great to clear the misunderstandings, wouldn’t it? God bless you. (:

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    • David   November 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      I wish so too Raquel. I met many fine Muslims when I was in Saudi Arabia for Desert Storm. However, they are not the ones who advocate for a world-wide caliphate, cut off the heads of jews, or want to force conversion or death on non-muslims. This type of radicalism cannot be tolerated or lived with. One cannot coexist with people who want to subjugate or kill you.

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      • Bart Heijltjes   November 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        David, is that what Daryl Davis said about the klansmen he met?

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    • JR   November 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Of course. It is already a fact of life for many. People are people.

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    • Jason Miller   November 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Why in the world do you think this dialogue hasn’t already occurred?!? In this the west, for the most part, Christians and Muslims get a long fine. Sure, you’ll find a few exceptions, but they are just that – exceptions. It is in the middle east where the slaughter is. But even in some of those countries, Muslims will occasionally protect Christians from their more violent counterparts. Egypt for example. Christians in the west have been protecting Muslims for decades with the freedom of religion and our enforcement of those laws. What we need is the same respect in the middle east – freedom of religion. A freedom that will allow Christians AND moderate Muslims (since the moderate Muslims are being slaughtered also). That hasn’t existed since the Muslim conquest of the middle east though. 1200 years its been. The nations of the west have gotten rid of their slavery laws. Its time for the same respect.

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    • dean   November 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

      well raquel, I had lunch with a muslim the other day. we talked about weird bands and computer stuff as we usually do….and about how the food kinda sucked there. and about george bush’s cat paintings. then again we could give a crap what each other’s beliefs are 😀 People should try it. Except if it’s a Klanboy or someone determined to think stupid things about a whole group of people – then I think Davis has the right idea – hit them head on with reality.

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  189. b00mhauer   November 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    the first thing ive read about the klan and racism that was positive and I enjoyed… everything else I’ve ever seen is hatred against the klan, because, you know… they hated first! 😉

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  190. Jaime Vendera   November 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Thank God for men like Daryl Davis!

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  191. Patti   November 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    WE NEED MORE GUYS LIKE DAVIS IN TODAY’S WORLD. WOULDN’T THAT BE GREAT?!………………………………. ; )’

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  192. Kurt   November 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I am truly surprised. I am white and my initial reaction to Klan members is to hang them just as hung innocent Afro-Americans were hung by those white varmints. I know violence only begets violence and we must all come to understand why people pick up preduides like against a whole race religion or creed or political affiliation.s

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  193. Deborah Berry   November 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    THE TRUTH IS WE ARE ALL MIXED RACE…THE WORD OF GOD STATES WE WERE CREATED IN HIS (GOD’S) IMAGE…I FEEL THESE MEETING WITH KKK WAS NOT BY CHANCE I FEEL THIS WAS ORDAINED BY GOD…THINGS DON’T JUST HAPPEN….

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  194. Dave hamilton   November 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Ooh yes there are still around, and some of there views are being implemented in our politics today, I do have hope for this great country of mind, and I always will. Great read ,you are truly a begetter man then I’ll ever be.

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  195. dawn   November 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    What a great article. I am going to get this bookm. I am curently reading a book by Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns. Its about the Great Migration from the South to the North of America’s Black citizens. The cast system in place after the Cuvil War and the way people treated each other because of color is almost unbelieveable. It us difficult to fathom that people can be so ignorant.

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    • Vivian Lee   November 24, 2013 at 7:58 am

      You will love the book. A friend hipped me to Isabel’s book and I couldn’t put it down. So many things made so much sense – how and why did people choose those places to move to – Detroit, Philadelphia, L.A. Oakland Wisconsin? Because that was the direct line from where they lived in the south. Enjoy the book

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  196. Silvia   November 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    This story was truly inspiring. Most people I know would get into a serious fight with a Klan member or, at best, made a mockery of them or otherwise tried to humiliate them. But instead, this man had the courage to befriend Klansmen and, in so doing, use love rather than hate to defeat the Klan.

    Don’t stop, Mr. Davis. God is with you!

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  197. Wayne   November 23, 2013 at 11:07 am

    going to buy his book…. great story, I would not have guessed the outcome.

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  198. Latoya Howard   November 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

    This was a very good article. I really enjoyed it. I love hearing about impacts people make everyday. It may seem small to others but I am from Louisiana close to some klans and I think he did a really good job. It’s not a bad as it use to be, but everyone knows that they are still around. I wish him well on his endeavors.

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  199. Caitlin   November 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I don’t understand the mentality of the Klan it just doesn’t make sense to me. If they really are true Protestants that claim to believe in the Bible and true followers in Christ they would believe or live the life of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination that they do. For one Christ preaches love of everyone even your enemies, two Christ was Jewish, and three Christ was middle-eastern so the Klan’s mentality to hate Jews and people of color just does not make sense. Also, I believe this man keeps the robs and hoods as a reminder of what sitting down and just talking to someone(an enemy) can achieve and possibly also as a reminder of history. If we don’t keep reminders of our history or we don’t learn history then we are doomed to repeat it.

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  200. Mark Chambers   November 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

    A friend in the early 80’s said to me once that for a white guy from small town Wisconsin, I wasn’t as racist as he thought I might be. To which I replied I didn’t know enough black people to make an informed opinion, fast forward thirty years I still haven’t made up my mind. So Ernest Clay, if you are still out there thanks for making me think a lot before making up my mind.

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  201. Kimberli   November 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Great story, but why on earth does he save the robes & hoods? The.only thing to.do with things that have that.much hatred & evil attached to them is BURN them.

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    • Latoya Howard   November 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Kimberli I understand why you would want him to burn them but to him it’s a symbol of change.

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    • Noah   November 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

      I think for him it symbolizes a friend who has changed on to the right path. and as long as he has them, he can always think of them. If he burns them, he may forget, he seems to have a lot of them(20+). But as long as he does, he cant forget. that is my guess.

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    • Matt   November 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

      I understand your concern, but he even says, they’re just material, they’re just a symbol. Calling them evil and full of hate gives the robes and hood more power than by keeping them. It’s almost the same reason why people carry crosses on their neck, what once was a symbol of death and pain, is now a symbol of life and hope.

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      • Renata Catlett   November 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        I agree. Well said.

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    • Bill Feagin   November 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      I think Davis’ keeping the hoods and robes is, for him, a symbol of how many successes he’s had in turning people off the path of virulent racism. They’re just fabric by themselves, of course.

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      • Danny   November 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm

        Areal and truthfully Klans man would NEVER give up his Robe Or Hood to ” ANYONE ” Just for Y’all to think about . But Kuddoes for Davis to think this way!!!!

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        • tan   November 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

          I guess after they gave up the Robe or Hood, they were not a real Klans man. Maybe they actually became real men instead. A real man who is will to change when he gains greater wisdom.

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          • hazel   November 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

            Good point, Tan – Will the last “real” Klansman put out the light when they leave, hxx

  202. Karma   November 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Wow!these are some of the most positive comments I’ve read on the internet!great job keeping it civilized guys!there’s always going to be one or two bad apples.fantastic article!

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  203. Harvey   November 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Daryl Davis use to play our swing dances back in the day. I remember meeting someone out in Denver who knew him and asked, “Have you read Daryl’s book?” Didn’t have a clue what he was talking about until I tracked one down. Got Daryl to sign it the next time I saw him. Given Jerry Lee Lewis’ comments on black people I’m surprised Daryl would call him a friend. Maybe he’s converting him too? Here’s hoping Daryl converts both black and white bigots into people who are at least more tolerant of others. Time to switch dance floor partners, Daryl!

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  204. Melissa   November 23, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Being born (during the 50s) and raised in the South meant that I heard racial slurs on a regular basis; except at home and that’s why I am not racist today. My mother, who was also a Southerner, did not allow any of us, even my father, to utter hateful words about anyone of a different race. It’s starts at home.

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    • Tim   November 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I grew up in a house with my father and uncle, them being raised during the 50’s and being racist as all hell. My dad still opposes interracial dating, and my uncle once tried to run over a black man for god knows what. Yet I am not racist.
      Just saying your ‘starts at home’ argument isn’t concrete.
      Some people just choice to hate.

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      • Barb   November 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

        My mother was a horrific racist and that taught me NOT to be one. Even bad starts can have good results.

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  205. Keith Barber   November 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

    The most practical way of dealing with an enemy is to offer him friendship. Recognize him as a neighbor and treat him as such. Basic Christian principle.

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  206. Michael Moore   November 23, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I certainly commend him of his work, As a white businessman, I know racism is with us in Los Angeles. The small company where I worked was forced to hire a black person because of our government contracts. Th lady did a swell job, but was fire exactly 6 weeks later. It was necessary for he to be there 6 weeks for us to “get our ticket punched ” with the US Government. We knew it was going to happen, and it was heartbreaking to see here work so hard to impress management, but we knew it was a lost cause.

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    • Bobby   November 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

      You could still report this to local or federal authorities. It might not change your company’s practice, or get that deserving employee’s job back, but I think individual voices really matter for systemic change –especially white voices. I worked for a company that did the same thing and I never said anything about it. I know that I was a part of it, I was complacent and thereby condoned it. And if the world is going to fall apart it shouldn’t be because I played along. It was ten years ago and feel horrible about it to this day.

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    • Pat Gallagher   November 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

      why didn’t the “we” who were so heartbroken stand up to management on her behalf?

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  207. Adrienne   November 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Not only was Jerry Lee Lewis trained by black musicians, but Elvis Presley was also.

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  208. steve   November 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Racism is controlled by the media. If we stuck together the government would be more intimidated and afraid of the people… we are brainwashed into believing that we hate each other and that why our government does the stuff that it does like tax you to death and try to take away you constitutional rights….. wake up people.

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    • kevin cumminsg   November 23, 2013 at 8:11 am

      You wake up..the klan organized long before there was a “media” ( post civil war) other than newspapers whic hvery few poeple reaed.

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    • Jacob S   November 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Yeah, 90% of views that end in “wake up people” are silly and wrong. No need to blame the evil within us on Big Government or media or any other conspiracy – we are responsible for own actions, and we are quiet capable of being evil without any help from others. Fallen world and all that.

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    • JIm   November 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Did you see the aliens too? How about Area 51? Idiot…..

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  209. markrite   November 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Racism of the sort personified by the KKK has always been regional (the South), but the patina of racism was always thick no matter where you might find yourself.So the 1965 riots in L.A., Calif., were kind of a surprise, but not unexpected if you knew the facts; for twenty or more years (before 1965), there was the Communist Party agitating for civil rights in their usual poisonous manner in the black community, south L.A., Watts, etc. White radicals, so plentiful in the 1960’s in Southern California, along w/the usual suspects who were black radicals provided the catalyst for the Watts riots. The pretext was a stop by police of a driver committing some minor infraction.

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    • Gideon   November 23, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Ummm, you’re forgetting the Midwest. Remember when Indianapolis was run by the Klan? The KKK is far from regional. You need to brush up on your history.

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  210. kesele   November 23, 2013 at 5:43 am

    this isn’t heartwarming at all. i find it to be silly and life-endangering.

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    • Michele Hedden   November 23, 2013 at 6:31 am

      Not quite sure why you would call it that. If no one makes the first step, nothing in this world will change. I grew up like him, overseas. I am black and I didn’t see any racism until I got back here. I didn’t hunt down Klansmen to make friends with. But if someone was overtly racist, I would engage them and discuss where it stemmed from. Mostly it is a learnt behavior. And once you disprove those learnt behaviors, they become better people and then they spread what they have learned onto others. That is just my experience. It doesn’t work for everyone…..

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    • John H Davis   November 23, 2013 at 6:48 am

      …and sadly Kesele, it is your type of mindset that makes race relations what they are today.

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    • ktoo   November 23, 2013 at 7:28 am

      No profit nor votes in it either, right? Davis for Prez! A true uniter is what we NEED!

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    • Gideon   November 23, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Kesele, you sound pretty fearful. What other way will you reach racists? Or are you better than them? At the end of the day, you fail to see them as people. You see them as monsters and for that reason, you lash out at anyone who can show you otherwise. I was never raised to regard anyone differently as my parents have lived in the South, Africa, and Europe, but having been around a fair share of racists, both white and black, the majority were not monsters. They were confused, ignorant, and usually scarred (hurt) people who revert to dumb archetypes to simplify a screwed up world. Dialogue is the best solution.

      Romans 12:20-21: Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

      Each racist we meet is one more opportunity to prove those backwards ideas to be wrong. Make friends and you won’t believe how much people can change.

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  211. rhwoodman   November 23, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Amazing, heart-warming story. Thank you!

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  212. Evelon   November 23, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Now, if only Hollywood could make a movie out of this.

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    • Isotonic   November 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Great idea! This is a story that needs to be heard.

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  213. hoglymogly   November 23, 2013 at 1:09 am

    why is his books not offered on kindle?

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  214. Jacqueline Simone Ambrose   November 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear”.
    Ambrose Redmoon

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  215. Ursula Stouffer   November 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    He must be one of the most courageous men I’ve ever heard of. What an amazing story! And not only is he smart, brave, a great diplomat, but an awesome, inspired musician as well.

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  216. chan mac   November 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Now thats how you change things… Even if one at a time thats effort not many put forward. Good heart.

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  217. ysobelle   November 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I hope I can one day be as brave as this man. He’s amazing.

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  218. R Abdullah   November 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I truly amazed that some people intejected Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson into the conversation…what do they have to do with this?? By the way they are NOT representatives of or for the entire black community. Bad people do bad things becaise they make that choice…not because of their race or nationality. I’m so glad to be living in a foreign country where my family can just be peacefully oblivious to the overt and covert raxism in the US…granted it’ll only be temporary…but now I nderstand why people become expatriates…can people just be positive about positive things???

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    • K R   November 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      This isn’t how everyone in the US lives their lives. There is right and wrong. There is day and night. There is black and white. There is music and there is noise.

      Also, there’s controversial matter, dusk/dawn, gray, and something you may or may not jam out on if you have control of the radio dial.

      We all aren’t like this. That’s kinda the point of the entire article…

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  219. colleen   November 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    If only we all had the wisdom of this man! He had truly brought love into such a hateful situation. I’d love to read this book!

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  220. Bethie B   November 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    The thing that’s so very sad to me is that there were a couple of commenters whose only takeaway from this inspiring story was the opportunity to point out perceived spelling/grammatical errors. An amazing message was simply lost on these individuals who, ironically, believe they are smarter or better than others based on their self-proclaimed editing ability (which, apparently, is not as stellar as they thought). If you stopped reading when you encountered what you thought was a grammatical error, it’s a real shame, because you probably really need the message this article conveys. To the author: thank you for this well-written piece of literature. s a woman of mixed race who has needed to convince the families of half the white men I’ve ever dated that I wasn’t going to steal the silverware when they left the room, this article made my day.

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  221. K   November 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    The fact that people are reading this amazing article and the only thing they took from it is a few grammar mistakes astounds me.

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  222. Anklejive (@Anklejive)   November 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Excellent story and an extraordinary man. Thank you. Luckily, Mr. Davis had the temerity, patience, knowledge, AND street smarts to be quick with a response and able to so effectively teach lessons to these racists. Actually, most people do not have these qualities, though some can learn by educating themselves. Unfortunately, most people will not sit and talk. They will run away, or worse, stay silent and thereby leave an impression of culpability or agreement.

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  223. Rebecca Savastio   November 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    “The past participle of the irregular verb ‘to run’ can take the same form as its past tense.” Also, it would be great if the self-proclaimed English experts who are commenting would actually learn the acceptable tenses of irregular verbs.

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    • Johnny M   December 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      “The past participle of the irregular verb”…are you kidding me??? After reading such an enlightening article, the last thing anyone is interested in is an English lesson. I always enjoy reading the comments of others to see how our perceptions of one topic can vary so much. We have spell check, no excuse for misspelled words, but until they invent grammer check, leave it alone and give me your perception. Not one word about a faith restoring human being

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  224. Beck Peter   November 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    The State Department should send Mr. Davis to the Middle East. His approach with no preconditions is what is needed there in talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. Mutual ignorance of the unknown can be overcome by taking the time to get to know each other. Can’t hurt- every other attempt has failed miserably.

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  225. Linda Lee Ryczek   November 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    This article is awesome wonderful to read. Daryl is a wonderful peace maker, & Jesus said, “Blessed are the peace makers, for they will inherit the kingdom of heaven.”. Surly Daryl will be blessed by God!

    However, Mr. Jackson (I refuse to call him Reverend because he is not a man of God), & Mr. Sharpton will likely inherit Hades because they are agitators promoting resentment hate, & violence.

    It would be wonderful if Daryl could initiate & encourage the people who are playing that horrible game, ‘knock them down’ to stop. It would be nice if Mr Daryl could help black people to stop blaming all whites for their problems. It’s all individual, & discriminations are everywhere, and affects everyone, in some form or other. Color & race should no longer be an issue, but attitudes are & always has been. It is attitudes that needs adjustments by blacks & whites, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, Irish & Brittish, Greeks & Turks, Etc., etc., etc!

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    • Nick Tann   November 23, 2013 at 5:39 am

      Sorry? Irish and British? Am I missing something? There is no problem between the British and the Irish or am I missing something?

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      • Robert Chapman   November 23, 2013 at 6:24 am

        Nick, perhaps you have forgotten The Troubles which wracked Belfast and the rest of Ulster for thirty years before the Good Friday Accords brokered by British PM Tony Blair?

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    • Allen Ray   November 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

      So, God Himself told you that Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton are not men of His? Because you disagree with some of the things they stood for, and continue to stand for does not make give you the discernment necessary to determine their spiritual standing with God. Not that I would wish it upon anyone, regardless if I agree with their opinions and actions or not, but be sure that YOU don’t wind up in the HELL that you wish upon others by your thoughts, words and/or deeds. Be Blessed.

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    • Jack H   November 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

      “It would be nice if Mr Daryl could help black people to stop blaming all whites for their problems. It’s all individual, & discriminations are everywhere, and affects everyone, in some form or other.”
      Ah yes: when in doubt, create false equivalences and write a variation on the theme of “Well, everyone’s a little bit racist.” After all, that vague group of racist black people blaming “all whites” for their problems? If you completely ignore US history, what they’re doing is no different from being a Klansman.

      “It’s all individual”
      This statement simply means that you not only ignore America’s colorful history of institutional racism, but also choose to ignore racism as a social phenomenon.

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  226. Brad Tuor   November 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    “You’ve GOT to be carefully taught” http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/southpacific/youvegottobecarefullytaught.htm

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  227. Kimberly Ruble   November 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Becky,
    This is one amazing story! Thanks for writing it! WOW!!

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  228. Connie   November 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    This is wonderful!

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  229. Dav Pickens   November 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I do believe hate is learnt and that love can conquer all…it’s just that the road to understanding is filled with so many road blocks, ruts, and broken bridges. This story is where we all need to be at….using facts to lead people to understanding. I think Buddy Guys’ “Skin Deep” says it all in a song…this fellow is taking it a step further in his actions!

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  230. SingerSongSLP   November 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    * “Would have turned and run.”
    (Past participle)

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  231. film   November 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I yearn for the day that when whites read articles by African Writers they will overcome the urge to correct grammar and spelling. Remember, just a little over a hundred years ago, reading was against the law for us. Just read the damn article. Reading was never forbidden for whites yet George Washington was illiterate.

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    • Indignant   November 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      I yearn for the day people don’t make stuff up to try to prove a point. George Washington was NOT illiterate! Where did you come up with that load of (garbage)? Washington’s collection at the Library of Congress has over 65,000 documents, most of which are his own writings. He was extremely well read, even for a wealthy Virginian. What are you trying to prove with that crock of bull? Get your facts straight. Most people don’t personally need more than a hundred years to learn to read and write correctly. And spell check works no matter the color of your skin.

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      • Rusty   November 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        What do you mean,even for a wealthy Virginian.?

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        • Ian Christie   November 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

          The commentator means that even for a Virginia landowner/farmer, (i.e. one of the colonial and post-Revolutionary socio-economic elite), Washington was /especially/ well read.

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        • Alex Gray   November 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

          He means that, while wealthy Virginians at the time were already quite well-read as a general group, Washington was even more so than they were. I.E. he was above the already high curve.

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      • Marlena (@mnkene)   November 23, 2013 at 5:52 am

        I’m going to have to agree. There are immigrants who hold greater mastery of American English than American born blacks. If they can do it, we are more than capable. I too am tired of the lame excuses and low expectations for black people, by black people.

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        • Beth Fenwick   November 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

          How are your math skills?

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          • Emma   November 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm

            What’s your point, Beth?

      • Johnny M   December 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        Regardless…point being…comment on the article. Stow the arrogance. No one is interested in an English or history lesson!

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    • Johnny M   December 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Bravo…nicely put film!

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  232. Rebecca Savastio   November 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    David McGee: That’s all you got out of the article? You’re also wrong about “boy’s.” The bar would be a bar for A “good ol’ boy.” Therefore, “boy” is singular and that is what I intended. Also, please review the rules for tense and transitive verbs before spouting incorrect corrections. No thanks, we don’t need your editing “help.”

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  233. David McGee   November 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    “Most people in this day and age probably would have turned and ran right out of that good ol’ boy’s bar, but not Davis.”

    Turned and RUN right out that good ol’ BOYS’ bar. Not turned and RAN right out that good ol’ BOY’S bar. “Run,” not “ran,” and apostrophe AFTER the “S” in “boys,” not before, because it’s plural. Please, get someone to edit these articles or let me do it for you. I’ll freaking do it for free. I stopped reading at that point because I don’t want to be confronted with such poor education when I’m reading a professional article.

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    • Derek Campbell   November 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Run means that you’re currently doing the action of running, AKA, Present Tense. Ran is the past tense. Since this sentence is in the Past Tense, ran is the proper form of the word to be used.

      The apostrophe after the ‘Y’ is appropriate because it is stating ownership of being a boy’s bar. Several people cannot own the same thing. If it’s hard for you to figure out whether or not it is correct, try pronouncing it out loud to yourself. Boyses doesn’t sound right at all.

      Please learn to English before making yourself look the fool.

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      • Eric   November 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        It’s actually the perfect tense, so run is in fact correct. I have run. Learn something from the content of the article. Fool.

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      • Benj   November 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        Several people cannot own the same thing? What kind of crap is that?
        • “The girl entered the boys’ clubhouse.” The clubhouse is owned by some boys.
        • “I broke my brothers’ record player.” The record player is owned by all three of my brothers.
        • “There was a burglary at my parents’ house.” The house is owned by both of my parents.
        • “Let’s go to the boys’ bar.” The bar is jointly owned by the boys.

        Yes, run is present tense and ran is past tense. Correct, professor! But “would have run” is a little something called past participle. Learn it, as this is in fact a big part of the English language and many other languages for that matter.

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      • Johnny M   December 15, 2013 at 12:15 am

        What’s wrong with you guys talking about punctuation, spelling and grammer? This mans actions and results of his actions are Noble Peace Prize worthy…

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    • Polly   November 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Turned and run/ran right out OF…

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    • Chris Barrett   November 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Do you really “proof” your speech as you speak? When you recount anecdotes, do you make sure you speak “properly”? Slang is prevalent in all walks of life. To call one out on the use of slang, when recounting an anecdote, and in turn imply poor education is presumptuous and misses the point of the post entirely. Getthecorncoboutchaearboy! Mighthelpyalistenbetta!

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    • David McGeewhiz   November 23, 2013 at 6:59 am

      You must be one of those ‘smart’ idiots.

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  234. GREAT WHITE DRAGON   November 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    the great WHITE NATION WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS I DECLARE A RACE WAR!!!

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    • Luisa   November 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      the “great white nation” is not so white any more. go outside, read a book, or something.

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    • Seanzky   November 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      …on the internet… in the article’s comment section. Nice.

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    • Yeah, Right   November 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      The other fingers will not stand for this! I declare a thumb war!

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    • Maybe I'm Opinionated   November 23, 2013 at 4:15 am

      Dear Great White Dragon,
      It seems, (considering the article), your comment is not well taken by ALL followers who are garbed in white dresses and veils, and/or Halloween costumes to hide their faces. It seems that some have “come out” and changed their way of thinking.
      I am one who believes in marriage and relationships needing to be kept to my own race (which is Caucasian), but that is for me alone. Just because I have chosen that for myself, does not mean I look down on other races. Beyond that, I believe that a few “bad” people in every race, make it “bad” for the entire race. The human race loves to generalize and categorize everything and everybody. The extremists, in each race, perpetuate bigotry, racism, and hatred … and then wonder why race relations are so bad. I see this daily, on the Internet/social media. If all of us STOP blaming each other and START watching the words that come from our mouths and from our typing fingers, MAYBE, just maybe we will be the generation that overcomes the bitterness.
      Remember: If you want to stir the sh!t pot, then you should have to lick the spoon!!

      (Quoting the article)
      “This Klansman and I were riding around in my car and the topic of crime came up. He made the remark that all black people had a gene that makes us violent. I said ‘Gary, what are you talking about?’ He said ‘Who’s doing all the shootings?’ I said ‘let me tell you something, I am as black as anyone you’ve ever seen and I’ve never done a drive by or a shooting.’ After a time I said ‘you know, it’s a fact that all white people have within them a gene that makes them serial killers. Name me three black serial killers.’ He could not do it. I said ‘you have the gene. It’s just latent.’ He said ‘well that’s stupid’ I said ‘it’s just as stupid as what you said to me.’ He was very quiet after that and I know it was sinking in.”
      (End quote)

      I know, in no way, will I be able to change the way you feel by one simple post … I’m not trying to. But, maybe … just one person will read the article, and the comments, and then understand their own part in the perpetuation of hatred.

      Have a great day, and be careful not to trip over the hem of your dress.

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    • James   November 23, 2013 at 8:58 am

      I think this was a joke…

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  235. Tristan Sanders   November 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    This is what needs to happen more. If people could sit and talk and interact with eachother without throw race or religion or social status into the equation this would be a much better place for us all to live in. However this will not come to light when its eclipsed by the shadow of fear/misunderstanding. This won’t change if stories like these aren’t heard, I only found this article because a friend shared it on facebook and it showed up in my newsfeed. PUT THIS MAN ON THE QUEEN LATIFA SHOW, HAVE OPRAH ENDORSE HIS BOOK!!!!!! This story should be shared in the school system for god sake.

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    • Adam   November 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      err… the whole point is that he sat and discussed race with the former klansmen. the author and the former klansmen became friends precisely because the author challenged their racial biases. not talking about race with members of the races the klansmen were averse to is one of the reasons why racism prevails.

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  236. MusicEternal   November 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Music created the opportunity for the dialogue and dialogue created the opportunity. To slightly misquote KRS-1, “the only place in life where you see Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in action is music (KRS originally said hip-hop, but point still stands). Music truly is the universal language. It truly is one of the greatest manifestations of the divine on this planet. Only something as great or greater that the miracle of music could have made this article even possible.

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  237. Victor Policheri   November 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    This is wonderful and inspirational. A similar approach, willingness, and strength could solve many of the world’s most dire problems. Bullet sales would plummet.

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  238. Mike Devlin   November 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Can you really call them friends if you set out to befriend certain people and keep trophies of your befriendings?

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  239. Goateater   November 22, 2013 at 11:03 am

    It’s a shame AL SHARPTON and JESSE JACKSON aren’t as progressive. Where is THIS mans millions of dollars for actually making PROGRESS???

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  240. Courtney Hate   November 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Kids playing the knockout game will destroy any fragile black/white peace and Sharpton and Jackson will blame the whites once again.

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    • Devin   November 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

      You idot, your name says it all!

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  241. Sundrop   November 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

    The old saying do u have the guts to do it. Well he’s deffently have plenty to go around well do.

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  242. john brinegar   November 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Daryl Davis is one of the most awesome, honest , talented straight shooting men I ever met and also worked with.it is my privilege to know him and more importantly be friends with.

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  243. Fed-Up   November 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Shock & awe, indeed! This is also quite humbling and inspirational. It certainly proves what even our grandparents knew: music breaks down barriers. Only they saw it as a bad thing. They were WRONG!

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  244. Benj   November 21, 2013 at 7:34 am

    That is an amazing and inspirational article. Mr. Davis is very brave, but really he shows us ALL what we are capable of if we just learn to understand each other. Racism is a complex issue though, and many racists – Klanspeople or not – have friends from different races but still harbor prejudicial feelings about other races as a whole. Older racists will say things like, “She’s OK, she’s not like other blacks…” or “I am not [racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, etc.] because I have [black, gay, Jewish, etc.] friends.” It’s complex, and becoming accepting of a handful of members from a different race does not always alleviate all of the underlying prejudice in someone.

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  245. Joseph Cao   November 21, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I agree! I’m glad a person actually made a difference using communication and understanding instead of violence to improve relations between those two races. It may be unbelievable at first after what the KKK had done to the blacks, but I can see after reading this article, things will gradual positively change between blacks and members of the KKK. I’m glad that musician made a difference! Kudos to him!

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  246. Jana Lenkiewicz   November 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Wonderful and heartwarming article. One person can make a difference – and can do so with communication and understanding instead of violence and strident rhetoric. We should all take note and be more aware of how our actions and attitudes can either build up or break down stereotypes and hate.

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