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Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016)

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Daryl Davis is an accomplished musician who was played all over the world. He also has an unusual hobby, particularly for a middle aged black man. When not displaying his musical chops, Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan. When many of these people eventually leave the Klan with Daryl's support, Daryl keeps their robes and hoods; building his collection piece by piece, story by story, person by person, in hopes of one day opening a museum of the Klan.

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23 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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$1,452, 6 January 2017, Limited Release

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$1,452, 6 January 2017
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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 2 active branches of the Ku Klux Klan with headquarters in Maryland: East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire, and Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan See more »

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A One-of-a-Kind Look at Racism
17 March 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Daryl Davis is an accomplished musician who was played all over the world. He also has an unusual hobby, particularly for a middle aged black man. When not displaying his musical chops, Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan.

This film shows Davis' interactions with KKK members and white Aryans, but even more interesting (perhaps) is that it provides contrasting views of his activities from members of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Black Lives Matter. While the SPLC is probably correct in saying theirs is a wholesale rather than retail approach, the Black Lives Matter movement comes off in a negative light here. In some ways, they seem as anti-white as their foes seem anti-black. And that solves nothing.

By a sheer, terrible coincidence, the film became something of a memorial for Frank Ancona, the Klansman depicted at the opening and close of the documentary. Ancona was found shot dead in Missouri on February 11, 2017, two days before the airing of the film on PBS. Did Davis attend his funeral?


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