Friendship heals, even with the KKK

Happy Christmas Eve, America. Instead of lumps of coal or partisan bickering, how about a tale of at least 200 miracles?

Maybe it’s their insider-outsider relationship with the former colony, but I find that the UK newspapers highlight an awful lot of great arts and culture stories about America. Today, it’s the Independent’s feature on the new documentary “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race, and America.”

Davis is a Blues musician and black American with the unusual, 30-year habit of reaching out in friendship to members of the Klu Klux Klan — an outfit as, unfortunately, as a piece of our history,”as American as baseball, apple pie, and Chevrolet.”

He doesn’t set out to change their views. Instead, he wants to listen, to treat each other with respect, and to ask the question, “how can you hate me when you don’t even know me?”

Around 200 times, those new friends eventually decided on their own to leave the KKK.

Hearts really can grow, and the personal is inseparable from the political.


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