A quick read on “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race, and America” (2016)
I came across a very cool Netflix documentary Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis Race and America (2016).
Mr. Davis is a VERY inspiring man and not just because he’s a Ivy League educated musician who’s played with the likes of Mr. Chuck Berry (may he rest in peace!) and met men like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, no Mr. Davis is impressive for a whole other reason: his life example in the face of hatred.
You see since before 1990 Mr. Davis, a man of color, has talked with, I mean genuine, deep, back and forth, conversations, with Klansmen and neo-nazis, white supremacists both high and low in their organizations. In the process, he has toppled statewide Klan organizations. He says he never meant to convert anybody in this process, but he has changed many lives (he owns about 36 robes, given to him by former Klansmen who have genuinely renounced racism) and the man is a great inspiration, I think, to us all. That if we just hear out our fellow neighbor, we can make a meaningful change in the world.
On the flip side, the film does talk to a fellow from the SPLC and leads one to think (as I’ve often thought) that their policy of scorched Earth in the civil courts really won’t do any good.
Anyway, highly recommend this one.