200 KKK members leave group after black musician reaches out to them

KKK members leaving the group after a black musician reaches out to them

A KKK member

Monday, January 9, 2017

Efforts made by a black musician have resulted in more than 200 people leaving the Ku Klux Klan in the United States. 

Daryl Davis, a renowned blues musician, reached out to a number of the white supremacist group's members at a time when hate crime has been on the rise in America following the election of Donald Trump, who was notably endorsed by the KKK during the presidential election despite his rejection of their support .

Davis travels across the country - sometimes in the company of former KKK members - to give lectures aimed at reducing racism. 

In an interview with Al Jazeera, he said that racism is a product of the abscence of 'inter-racial bonding'.  

He told the organisation: "I would put out these questions, but I never set out to change anybody and I was never under the impression they could be changed.

"I wanted to know why they judged my ability to learn and work, the assumption we [black people] all raped white women, sold drugs, or were on welfare.

"Over a course of time, a number of them discarded their racist ideologies and left the group. They started to see me as a human being.

"If you sit with your worst enemy for five minutes, you will find out you have something in common."