Musician Daryl Davis has been meeting face-to-face with white supremacists for over 25 years to challenge their racist views.
It isn't easy sitting down with someone who hates you.
“People say ‘I can never do this, I’m too afraid to be around those people’ or ‘I would get too angry, I wouldn’t be able to control my temper, but I appreciate what you’re doing.’”
Davis admits controlling his temper can be difficult at times. Sometimes he even fears for his safety. But after decades of experience, he’s learned the secret to having these tough discussions.
“The greatest weapon I have is information,” says Davis...
...According to Davis, engaging with those whose values are completely opposite of your own is an invaluable experience.
“When you are actively learning about someone else, you may not realize it, but at the same time you are passively teaching them about yourself,” says Davis.
It’s this philosophy that drives Davis to seek out these conversations.
“When two enemies are talking, they’re not fighting. They might be yelling and screaming and disagreeing, but at least they’re talking.”