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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Daryl Davis

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Empathizing with Racism
Daryl Davis


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Daryl Davis is an African American musician, author, actor, bandleader and a race relations expert. He is  well known for his work on dialoguing with, and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan and other extremist groups. Through dialogue, empathy and understanding he has convinced Klansmen to leave and denounce the KKK.
 

In this dialogue we talked about the role of empathy in Daryl 's work. Daryl describes his process of how to effectively listen to, understand and dialogue with people. It is about not demeaning or attacking people, but about seeing their common humanity. Once you are willing to listen to others, they are more willing to listen to you and engage in constructive dialogue.   We also talked about organizing and holding Empathy Circles between different opposing groups.


'You're not going to beat the meanness out of a mean dog. You start beating a mean dog, it's gonna become more mean. You start beating racists, they're gonna
 become more racist."

 

"People learn racism through dialogue. Somebody tells them about it. So if you can learn it through dialogue,
you can also unlearn it through dialogue."
- Daryl Davis

 

 

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Empathizing with Racism: Daryl Davis and Edwin Rutsch
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Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America - Festival Trailer
The festival trailer for the award-winning documentary feature about Daryl Davis, a black musician who befriends members of the KKK and other white supremacists in search of the answer to his question: "How can you hate me if you don't even know me."

 


 

Why I, as a black man, attend KKK rallies | Daryl Davis | TEDxNaperville

 

 

NPR: The Silver Dollar Lounge
"Daryl Davis is a boogie-woogie pianist who's played with Bill Clinton, Bruce Hornsby and Chuck Berry. But we wanted to talk to him about another group of his friends."
 

KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but Itís Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You
"That friendship would lead Davis on a path almost unimaginable to most folks. Today, Davis is not only a musician, he is a person who befriends KKK members and, as a result, collects the robes and hoods of Klansmen who choose to leave the organization because of their friendship with him. "

 

 

Daryl Davis: 'Klan-Destine Relationships'

 

 

 

Daryl Davis on National Geographic's 'Taboo'

 

 


 

Daryl Davis KKK TV Interview
 
Daryl Davis, author and race relations expert, makes another appearance on national TV.

 

 

 

THE DANGEROUS FRIENDS OF DARYL DAVIS 
Daryl Davis is a boogie-woogie pianist who's played with Bill Clinton, Bruce Hornsby and Chuck Berry. But we wanted to talk to him about another group of his friends.