How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?- The Stream

Meet the black blues musician who converts members of the KKK.
More than 30 years ago, Daryl Davis, a renowned blues musician who has played with Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters, had an encounter that would change his life – and the lives of many others. A man approached after a show to tell the black musician that he played the music of Jerry Lee Lewis very well. After a swift education on the origins of rock and roll, the two men fell into deeper conversation during which the white man revealed he was a member of the Ku Klax Klan. Davis was fascinated and a lifelong obsession was born.

Today, Davis is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the KKK and claims that about 200 members walked away from the organisation in large part due to their friendships with him. “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?” is the central plank of his philosophy and a question he asks of many.

We meet Davis to talk about his methods and the current state of race relations in the United States. We also meet Scott Shepherd, a former Grand Dragon in the Ku Klux Klan who now calls Davis his brother.

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