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Opinion – If BLM is interested in making real change, take lessons from Daryl Davis

Photography by Guillaume Issaly
Photography by Guillaume Issaly

Opinion by Clint Parker

Asheville – I believe that black lives matter; therefore, I can not support Black Lives Matter, Inc (BLM). I didn’t come up with that saying, a radio talk jock did, but I agree with the sentiment.

First off, I don’t believe that all black lives matter to BLM because if it did, where is their outrage when a black police officer is killed, or black babies are aborted, or when blacks kill blacks? Their actions say only certain black lives matter, and I can’t agree with that. In my opinion., all lives matter, especially innocent and law-abiding lives regardless of color.

All I have to do to find out what BLM is all about is go to their website to make a donation. On their main page (, I clicked on the donate now button right below the first video. That took me to the next page ( which had a lot of links especially victims to donate to, but the very first was the Black Lives Matter Global Network which took me to another page ( where you scroll down until you see the purple donate button on the right and click again. That takes you to an organization called ( What is According to Wikipedia, “ActBlue is a nonprofit technology organization established in June 2004 that enables left-leaning nonprofits, Democrats, and progressive groups to raise money on the Internet by providing them with online fundraising software.”

So Black Lives Matter, Inc is a political group trying to change racism through the ballot box. Well, look how well that’s worked so far.

You want to end racism? Well, then I suggest BLM take a page from Daryl Davis’ playbook. 

“Who is Daryl Davis,” you say? Why a musician, of course! American R&B and Blues to be exact. 

However, its not his music that made him someone to emulate to end racism, but what he did to the Imperial Wizard (national leader) of the Ku Klux Klan.

Davis learned about racism at the age of 10 when he was attacked while participating in a parade in Massachusetts. He was baffled as to why people along the parade route would throw things at him. His parents later explained to him it was because he was black. The incident set Davis on a life long learning journey trying to find the answer as to why people would hate him for the color of his skin. Eventually, it lead him to Roger Kelly, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

What did Davis do to Kelly? Did he kill him? Did he belittle the racist and his racist organization? Did he take him to court? No, he talked to him. He invited him to his house. He even attended KKK rallies to hear Kelly speak to his other racist friends. He used conversation to change Kelly’s heart until one day, years after their relationship started, Kelly gave up his position and denounced the KKK.

Oh, it took Davis time, but I’ve always been told, ‘anything worth having takes time.’ Davis says respect was the key to ending Kelly’s racism. Respect and a willingness to listen. Davis respecting and listening to Kelly, and Kelly reciprocating.

If that’s the case, the current efforts by BLM protestors can only end badly if improved race relations is their goal. Whatever their goal is, improved race relations isn’t one of them.

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