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Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan

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While marching in a cub-scout parade, young Daryl Davis was pelted by rocks and bottles. As a teenager he was told he would be shipped back to Africa. Driven by an intense need to understand those who hate him because of the colour of his skin, Davis decided to seek out the roots of racism. This often dangerous journey took him to the very heart of the fanatical and infamo ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published November 15th 1997 by New Horizon Press
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Oct 19, 2013 Doug rated it really liked it
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It has been a while since I got captured by a book that I could not put down until it was finished. Daryl Davis is a musician who experienced racism all his life. And so he decided to start meeting leaders of the Ku Klux Klan. He would call (or have his secretary call - he was a successful musician) Klan people to set up meetings, and just forget to mention he was black, and they would be surprised! Woo!

The thing is... they would still talk to him. And they weren't all what he expected. And he s
This book and its author are extraordinary. What courage! Daryl is an inspiration for us to always strive to see the humanity in others and seek common ground, rather than dismissing folks with polar opposite views out of hand.

"Time and exposure is a great healer--perhaps the only healer for irrational fear and hatred. Laws can be made to take people out of the Klan, but laws cannot be made to take the Klan mentality out of people. The best way we can learn to respect each other is to know each
Feb 08, 2014 Clarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and to be read by all to start understanding racisms. I was able to relate to Daryl Davis on a special level as we both grew up in different countries (not the one from our parents) and we learned earlier to accept all human without discrimination. Could you not stop reading it.
Feb 13, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was ok
It was a crazy story, but it could have been much more than that in the hands of a more capable writer. Also, the constant name dropping got pretty old pretty quickly
Dec 29, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it
After reading "Natchez Burning" I wanted to read a nonfiction book about racism in Maryland, where I live. A friend recommended "Klan-destine Relationships" by Daryl Davis. Daryl is a local black man, who wanted to better understand the causes of racism and hate. Daryl is a unique man, who had the courage to infiltrate the KKK, interview them, go to their homes, meet their families, and learn their history. Daryl was able to patiently listen to their hate, calmly ask them questions that made the ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Larisha rated it really liked it
I heard Mr. Davis speak on an NPR program called: 'Snap Judgement'
I liked the interview, so I requested this book from the library.

I commend Mr. Davis's courage. One thing you learn right away is that there is no one Ku Klux Klan - there are many splinter groups, some of which are rivals. Some more violent than others. (And yes, he gets to know some hate-crime murderers) There are the white supremacists and the white separatists, and they consider themselves very different.

This book is meant to
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May 30, 2009 Yog Sothoth rated it it was amazing
One black man's quixotic quest to join the KKK. Daryl Davis was raised abroad, and was surprised by the depth of prejudice in America. He became curious about those who were the most racist, met them, and became their unlikely friends. He collected the Klan robes of those who left the organization after getting to know him. It's not well written, because he's not a writer at heart, but the book deserves a wider audience.
Nov 24, 2013 Julene rated it liked it
I read a piece of one of the chapters online somewhere and then added this to my 'to read' list. Definitely didn't disappoint.

This book may be a bit longer than necessary (lots of "and then I... followed by... before we finally...") but was a light, interesting read. As a white female, reading a black man's interactions with numerous Klan members of note was really eye-opening. How he maintained his cool in the face of White Supremacists (and Separatists) is beyond me.
Feb 05, 2015 Sylvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This was an excellent and interesting narration of a detectives career and how he was able to infiltrate the KKK.
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Jun 23, 2012 Jim McCormack rated it really liked it
A good book, interesting quick read.

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