Daryl Davis, A black man who befriends white racists.
In the words of Jesus*:
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those who speak evil about you, and persecute you."
58-year-old Daryl is a wonderful practitioner of Jesus's words, and with compelling results.
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"Who's this black guy trying to make friends with the Ku Klux Klan," said Scott Shepherd, a former Klan grand dragon. "He's a nut."
But after Scott quit the Klan, he saw a TV program about Daryl, and contacted him.
Daryl Davis (right) with friend and former Klan grand dragon, Scott Shephard
"I looked him up, and he took me in like a brother," said Scott.
"He's really got something," continued Scott. "You can take a positive action against a negative action, and come out well. It's one step at a time with Daryl. I think he can convert people."
Person by person, Daryl is making significant inroads with many Klan members, especially those that had never gotten to know a black person.
Daryl began a dialogue with Klan Imperial Wizard Roger Kelly, and over time, the two became so close, that Roger asked Daryl to be his daughter's Godfather.
When Roger quit the Klan, he gave Daryl his hood and robe, as have now more than 20 other former Klan members after leaving the Klan.
For it's hard to hate an enemy once he's been humanized for you, and befriends you, and as he becomes your friend, he is no longer your enemy.
Editor's Note:Daryl stars in "Accidental Courtesy," a documentary about his time with Ku Klux Klan members which premiered on PBS's "Independent Lens," on 2/13/17, after its theater run. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/accidental-courtesy/, To see a 2-minute, 5 second video http://accidentalcourtesy.com/
The primary source for today's story is http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-ca-film-accidental-courtesy-20161205-story.html
* The Jesus quote is from Matthew 5:44 in the King James 2000 Bible.
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A Pilgrimage for Peace.