Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

Directed by Matthew Ornstein

Starring Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. As a musician he has played with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but in his spare time he likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan. Join Daryl on his personal quest to understand racism.

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  • ★★★★ review by Jessica Flowers on Letterboxd

    My mother and Noah Marger were right.  This documentary was very powerful.  I missed the last bit of it because the Baltimore scene has started a family discussion that's still on-going.

  • ★★★★ review by Noah Marger on Letterboxd

    "How can you hate me if you don't even know me?"

    this is a crazy doc and you just gotta watch it

  • ★★★★ review by Waldo on Letterboxd

    An essential documentary. Daryl is a pudgy,black, short blues piano player, a lecturer, he's also a friend to many Ku Klux Klan members. He meets them and most importantly :he listens. That way he's turning the tide on racism even if it's one at a time, is a beautiful thing. It's a hopeful documentary. It also features one of the scariest confrontations I've seen on a documentary. Sadly is between Daryl and a few Black Lives Matter members. Check it on Netflix.

  • ★★★★ review by Mike de Raaf on Letterboxd

    Intense. Daryl Davis has incredible patience and unparalleled empathy. The world could use more like him. The confrontation between him and young black lives matter activists is captivating. I think Daryl is treated unfairly by these brash young people who seemingly don't understand the politics they are trying to engage through activism. One of them goes so far as to ignorantly suggest he would rather have Trump as president than Hillary. Insanity. I can understand the desire to want to know the face of your enemy and rally against them but in the long run we are all going to have to learn to work together. Drawing further lines to divide people works against that. That isn't to belittle their efforts as both trains of thought are important. Without protests and activism, important causes go unheard. I just can't believe how incompatible their opinions are when at the heart of it they are fighting for the same thing in different ways. I also can't believe how under promoted this documentary is. I only learned about it from listening to Harmontown.

  • ★★★½ review by Michael on Letterboxd

    A film on race relations and humans ability to change that really gets heated when the #BlackLivesMatter segment begins. It really begs the question of which is better - small, incremental, changes or large, fundamental, movements? The answer is Both but its fascinating to see it all play out.

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