You can’t help but have respect for someone who’s devoted a HUGE portion of their life to ending racism in the most meaningful way possible, crossing the line and wading into hostile waters again and again in order to save those who are drowning in their own misguided hate.
Daryl Davis has been doing this for the past 30 years…
Davis, a black blues musician, has been forging friendships with KKK members for decades and has convinced more than 200 Klansmen to renounce their ties to the group.
This is an amazing feat…
And something that should be celebrated by all.
He was one of the calmer voices throughout the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, where he helped and spoke with people on both sides of the issue there.
Daryl Davis is a hero to everybody…
Everybody, that is, except for ANTIFA.
Condemned By Terrorists
Recently, a Leftist organization held an “Ending Racism” event that – as you could probably guess – was supposed to be a symposium on racism and race relations in the United State. Daryl Davis was in attendance.
It was there that ANTIFA members showed up to protest and ended up calling Davis a “white supremacist”.
ANTIFA called a BLACK blues musician, who has spent a BIG part of his life combating white supremacy with love and friendship, a white supremacist.
You truly can’t make this stuff up.
Davis said in an interview after, “I laughed, I thought it was funny. What it proves is they had no point. They had no evidence of anything. When it boils down to just name-calling people and you don’t show any proof and you refuse to talk to them … they refused to even come in. There were no Klansman or Neo-Nazi’s in there or alt-right people.”
Davis invited the 40 or so ANTIFA members into the event and to the after-party – an invitation which they refused.
Apparently, they’d rather stew in their hate than have a meaningful conversation – something Davis echoed in that same interview, saying, “They want to shut down any dialogue with racists, people who have differing views of their own. Their thing is, you know, just beat it out of them or make it impossible for them to meet.”
Davis gets it…
He understands fighting racism with fists just isn’t efficient or effective.
Davis Knows HATE When He Sees It
You can’t fight an organization built on violence with more violence – you can only breakthrough that barrier by extending a friendly hand and pulling them over to the good side.
“A lot of these groups – let’s take Black Lives Matter, let’s take ANTIFA, let’s take the Ku Klux Klan – none of these groups today are centralized. They’re all autonomous … It’s the same thing with ANTIFA.”
In case you were wondering, yes…
Davis just compared them to the KKK – a fair comparison, as ANTIFA has been focused on hate and exclusion more than anything else.
“Half of them may believe [in] what they’re doing … they may believe that they’re doing some good. But I truly believe that the other half of them [ANTIFA] are simply into anarchy … They’re anti-racist, so they’re gonna go beat up people who are racist – but this is the exact same thing the racists do. They’re not behaving any differently.”
From a man that has worked EXTENSIVELY to end racism and the KKK. If he’s comparing these Leftists to the KKK…
He’s got a good reason to.
In a Facebook post, Davis talks about how he’s seen a lot in his 61 years but NEVER thought he’d have to deal with this.
“I thought I had seen and heard it all in my 61 years and nothing would surprise me, but I was mistaken. Now, are you ready for this? The ANTIFA people called me a White Supremacist. What??? Are you kidding me??? Wow!!! That’s right, you heard me!!! They called ME, a white supremacist. Now I KNOW I’ve heard it all. It’s good to be colorblind sometimes, but this is ridiculous.”
He’s right, it IS ridiculous.
“That threw me for a loop,” Davis continued, “I scratched my head for a second, trying to make sense of this strangely misconceived insult. But all I could do was laugh. I literally even laughed all the way back to DC on my flight the next morning! The plane was crowded and I had a whole row to myself. The other passengers must have thought I was crazy. I hope my sharing this with you allows you to find some humor as well. Next time someone calls you a name, think about this and just laugh your ass off. “
You said it, Daryl…
ANTIFA are clowns.
“Once you label me you negate me.”― Søren Kierkegaard