I saw and read this story in complete disbelief. A black man, musician Daryl Davis, in harmony with a hooded KKK klansman?
Daryl Davis’ story shows that dialogue can devolve into respect. Respect can devolve into a desire for understanding. Understanding can devolve into enlightenment. And Enlightenment can devolve into friendship.
If this guy could evolve, I am sure the those that express another type of evil in our politics can. After-all, they are are not promoting their evil behind a hood.
KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You
Added by Rebecca Savastio on November 20, 2013.
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.”