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** "I feel safer around the Klan than around cops."
Friending The Klan: Black musician turned white supremacist mediator on a mission Daryl Davis is the subject of a strange new documentary, Accidental Courtesy. The controversial performer who toured with Chuck Berry and Little Richard, has spent 30 years as a kind of itinerant political psychotherapist convincing with mixed results, the Klan and Neo-Nazis to lose the hate - one supremacist at a time. Davis is on the line from Maryland, discussing with Arts Express going toe to toe as well with appalled Black Lives Matter activists - and why he thinks 'Trump is the best thing that has happened to this country.'
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ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: FRIENDING THE KLAN
Daryl Davis decided thirty years ago, that he's got a formula as an African American, for disarming the Klan. At least apparently one white supremacist at a time. Which is the subject of this very unusual Matt Ornstein documentary, Accidental Courtesy.
Not that Davis has met with complete success. This surprisingly honest film, warts and all, includes Black Lives Matter activists appalled by Davis' mission-fueled bromance, some of them even denouncing him in an up close and very personal heated exchange, and as being the first black member of the Ku Klux Klan.
But undaunted, Davis has forged ahead. Even collecting from these Klan members he insists really 'converted themselves' - with a little help from his kind of one man political psychotherapy - while Davis has gone about collecting as sort of souvenirs, the KKK robes they ultimately discard. And adding them to his mounting pile of political fashion statements.
At the same time, Davis insists that "I think Trump is the best thing that has happened to this country." Though not for any reason you may imagine. While the former musician who has played with Chuck Berry and Little Richard - and for both Trump and at the Clinton inauguration as well - is determined to keep prodding a number of hard core racists including Neo-Nazis, to drop white supremacy as a way of life. Along with addressing his provocative statement in this documentary, that "I feel safer around the Klan than around the cops."