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

8 dec. 2017
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A chance encounter with members of the Ku Klux Klan led black musician Daryl Davis on a quest to determine the source of the hate. His unorthodox, yet simple approach, has wielded surprising results and just might be the solution for all racial discourse.
Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. As a pianist, vocalist, and guitarist, he performs nationally and internationally with The Daryl Davis Band. He has also worked with such notables as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, The Legendary Blues Band, and many others.
In 1983, A chance occurrence after one of his performances led him to befriend a member of the Ku Klux Klan. This eventually led Daryl to become the first black author to travel the country interviewing KKK leaders and members, all detailed in his book, Klan-Destine Relationships. Today, Daryl owns numerous Klan robes and hoods, given to him by active members who became his friends and renounced the organization.
Since his journey began, Davis has joined an all-white country band, attended KKK rallies, and accepted a “certificate of friendship” from the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK. He’s even the godfather of former Klan Imperial Wizard Roger Kelly’s granddaughter.
Davis has received the Elliott-Black and MLK awards as well as numerous other local and national awards for his work in race relations, and is often sought by media outlets as a consultant on the KKK and race relations. He is also an actor with stage and screen credits, appearing in the critically acclaimed HBO police drama, The Wire, and most recently, as the subject of the documentary Accidental Courtesy, which filmed his real life encounters with Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi leaders as he helps to dismantle racism across the United States
Davis has received the Elliott-Black and MLK awards as well as numerous other local and national awards for his work in race relations, and is often sought by media outlets as a consultant on the KKK and race relations. He is also an actor with stage and screen credits, appearing in the critically acclaimed HBO police drama, The Wire, and most recently, as the subject of the documentary Accidental Courtesy, which filmed his real life encounters with Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi leaders as he helps to dismantle racism across the United States. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

  • Powerful presentation!

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  • i'm a queer person of color, so my existence is quite controversial to many people. i don't bother listening to people who won't listen to me or just want to insult me because they won't pay attention to anything i say, but i'm very willing to talk to people who are willing to talk to me. i'll respect people who respect me.

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  • Dang! This was a lot better than I expected. At first I was skeptical so I kept on clicking on it and leaving since I'm not really down to discuss sensetive topics like these, but boredom got the best of me and oh my god his story was amazing. The pure courage he had to talk to someone who openly despised him for no reason and the paitence to understand them is admirable. Awesome expirence.

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  • Well he's been attending the wrong rallies, because he'd be dead at the real rallies.

    KingRyanBrewerJetBlueWarriorKingRyanBrewerJetBlueWarrior4 uur geleden
  • Hmmmm, sounds like the Klan isn't very scary...

    Jesse OwensJesse Owens8 uur geleden
  • If I wasn't lured into watching this by the title and a couple of comments, I might have went on with life actually believing them comments.

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  • My school invited Mr. Davis to speak at our school last year. Truly an inspiring story and an incredible man.

    William PerriWilliam Perri11 uur geleden
  • Is this uncle ruckas ?

    Moranodi Gaobepe IIMoranodi Gaobepe II14 uur geleden
  • Do you guys remember uncle ruckus

    Wiz KalifaWiz Kalifa15 uur geleden
  • "We hate blacks" *Show up* "Not you, not the same thing."

    JemLesKevins EtLesPandaJemLesKevins EtLesPanda17 uur geleden
  • You can't change peoples minds if you never talk to them. People are not unchanging inanimate objects they can learn

    Jonathan JollimoreJonathan Jollimore18 uur geleden
  • powerful

    Rich HRich H18 uur geleden
  • this guy is the type of guy i would vote for president

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  • The highest level of triumph in warfare is to win without even fighting - Sun Tzu The Art of War (this is actually sun tzu’s quote)

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  • this dude did more then the whole BLM movement ever did

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  • This man has done more for people of all colors than democrats, antifa and BLM. Matter fact, they all hurt us all. He helps heal.

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  • He attends KKK meetings because it safer then walking the streets of all our Democrat run inner cities.

    pat lorenzpat lorenzDag geleden
  • He just explained all forms of discrimination, he just elaborated over racism, homophobia, transphobia, and anti-Semitism

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  • ngl racism now is more to asians

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  • when does he get to the point?

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  • Its ironic how he looks just like uncle ruckus😅

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  • did you see me

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  • Mary about got everyone killed.

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  • Daryl: Why? KKK leader: Actually, I don't know.

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  • TED x belongs to bill gates, it’s an elite podium for other thinking people !

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  • He bread a friendship beyond anyone’s understanding who has no patience or no tolerance.

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  • I cant eat?

    Patrick De MatteisPatrick De MatteisDag geleden
  • This man's ABSOLUTE BALLS

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  • This was recommended to me from a comedy video and I thought this was gonna be a comedy too

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  • nice.

    Samuel ShepardSamuel ShepardDag geleden
  • Fighting hate with love

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  • I thought this is some kind of stand-up comedy from the title.

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  • Such an awesome guy, so much love. Sadly Obama will have many more views for some pomp speech

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  • This guy put all his points into charisma

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  • You're a wizard, Roger

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  • This absolutely blew my mind. I’m glad I clicked on this. I think I really learned something

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  • Thank You!

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  • Beautiful. I have tears..

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  • Leftists: We need safe spaces where we can feel secure and protected from outside influence! Daryl Davis: Time to go to another klan rally!

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  • how can we hate with a passion that is so full of venom,we hate because we hate ourselves and we hate our life.

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  • I person should be judged by his actions and thoughts and not by the outside look.

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  • If you can judge a wise man by the colour of his skin then mister your a better man than I (AEROSMITH)

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  • Wow, this is crazy.

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  • I hope some woke snowflake had seen this powerful video. This man is great

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  • “Tha culla guard is culla’d”

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  • sike... i lied... those robes are mineeee... respectfully...

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  • This dude fired the CEO of Racism.

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  • Cool video ✌

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  • I just cant figure out how someone can WALK AROUND WITH BALLS LIKE THAT the sheer size those cahonas must be

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  • Daryl vs the CEO of Racism

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  • racism doesnt exist if you dont acknowledge it. i HATE ALL HUMANS EQUAL BECAUSE AS A HUMAN YOU ARE AN ASPECT OF MYSELF AND THEREFORE AN ASPECT OF GOD. that is why i hate all mankind. myself, this beautiful brave eloquent man. not because of his skin or political alignment. but the simple fact he is human

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    • Ignorance is not a problem solver. It causes more problems.

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    • Nurse, he's out of bed again

      Sam G.Sam G.2 dagen geleden
    • @Blue Jay Jenna perfect quote

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    • "racism doesn't exist if you don't acknowledge" Ah yes, ignorance is bliss

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  • this man breaks klan members

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  • Surely haven't seen them all but this is one if not the most interesting and unexpected TED Talks.

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  • the lloyd was their

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  • Why I, as an atheist, attend church

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  • and the Biggest Balls award goes to...

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  • crazy how this dude did this speech a city away from me

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  • 14:01 gotta be honest with you. THAT would make a great Heavy Metal Album cover. :P

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  • He reminds me of a real live version of Carl Winslow. :)

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  • The best!

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  • Bein apart of the kkk, mm could never be me

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  • Bigger balls and heart then my whole generation

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  • Agree with some of what he's saying, but the neck breather needs a sit-down.

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    • Why?

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  • Sneak 100000000

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    • [Speech 100] [Charisma 10/10] [Intelligence 10/10] [Medicine 100]

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  • The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

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  • Teachers show this to your student's

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  • Not going to lie but this is interesting.

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  • Daryl Davis is a very wise and good man. Great video.

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  • Its scary if people never at least consider this

    MattakusisgreatnessMattakusisgreatness3 dagen geleden
  • Grand dragon, imperial wizard... Imagine being one of the most feared groups in the North American continent, most known as the symbol of hate and sounding like a bunch of D&D nerds

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    • It's kind of a nerd thing to be so devoted to unnecessary bs that you come to meetings and wear costumes

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  • i hope he got a STANDING OVATION!!!

    Chris TopherChris Topher4 dagen geleden
  • Wow absolutely amazing.

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  • I think he forgot to turn off friendly fire

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  • every friday my teacher shows us a video from ted talk and i will ask if this can be one XD

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  • Racism: *_Exist._* Daryl: And I took that personally.

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  • .

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  • sadly, sjw's do nothing but scream and drown out other people talking.

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  • A wise man once said, " Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering."

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    • stolen comment

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  • i felt my brain expanding as i watched this it had shrunk due to the internet

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  • my sister made a shirt about dayrl davis

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  • This guy really reminds me of John Lewis. He even looked very similar to John Lewis at a younger age.

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  • I do not understand KKK , it’s unbelievable there way of thinking, what a brave guy , there is hope with people like your self , respect, stay safe retired lifeboatmen uk

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  • DEMONS CAN FIX EVERYTHING We rely on bibles, books, internet, people, family, science, medicine, hope, love, youtube, however........... Only spirits, demons, aliens, can give you the truth......... A demon, can cure any disease, in 5, seconds. Instead, we obey the creator....... Fine.

    • @Rj Gamer he probably is kidding or trolling or is a bot or something.

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    • This is what drugs do to you, take notes children.

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    • Wtf is wrong with you

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  • Quick Reminder: "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come* from the presence of the Lord;" Acts 3:19 KJV . "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9 KJV

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    • @Okami_6 yea

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    • @Indoctrinated Truth I’m assuming you’ve never read a bible lol. Its talking about the book of Romans, not the Romans themselves

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    • @Indoctrinated Truth thats not...thats not how you think it works but ok

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  • I wonder how much he gets paid for race mixing propaganda

    Dalton WilliamsDalton Williams4 dagen geleden
    • Clarify what you mean please

      Nuttella GuyNuttella Guy2 dagen geleden
  • watch and learn SJWs, that's how you do it

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    • Bi gang :)

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  • Wonder if TEDx would have invited him nowadays, my bet is not.

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  • If everyone was like this bloke, we would be alright.

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  • I have gotten this in my recommended a few times, so I decided to watch it to get it out of there. I'm confused by the comments. I have nothing against African Americans, but is he attending KKK rallies because he is not proud of himself? I need someone to explain it in a simple way.

    Julia BowyerJulia Bowyer4 dagen geleden
    • @Julia Bowyer It's just under 19 minutes... Anyway, Mr Davis tells about how in his trying to understand what motivates the likes of KKK members, he befriended a higher up in the Klan, some "Grand Wizard/Dragon", after years of managing the relationship the Klan guy renounced his position in the Klan. The moral of the story being you shouldn't exclude extremists from society if you want to deradicalize them. So basically do the opposite of what race grifters in the west have been doing.

      DmitryDmitry4 dagen geleden
    • @Dmitry It's a long video.

      Julia BowyerJulia Bowyer4 dagen geleden
    • Have you watched the video or not?

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  • 15:58 lol

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  • Can we say that this man conquered a dragon with words alone?

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  • The best way to defeat your enemy is to know your enemy.

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  • He thought he was white until the kkk disbanded

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    • Please clarify what you mean

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  • based

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  • Love conquers all.

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  • This uncle ruckus

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  • I'm surprised he can play instruments on stage without his huge balls of steel getting in the way.

    Ryan BahrRyan Bahr5 dagen geleden
    • Yes very big balls of steel

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  • I guess its like foreign heads of states having a Summit when they are both living in the same divided country and follow different ideologies . Like east and west Germany without a wall? Yeah difficult but might work or not. His believes were cemented he said. Obviously from childhood, probably taught by mom. Bill burr would say: Another reason to hit a woman. They stuck it to us again. Like a divorce in California. Peace. 😜

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  • He has not given up on racists, but on working out.

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    • You have given up on using your brain.

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  • amen

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