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