My friend Katie posted this link: This Man Spent Decades Befriending KKK Members. Hundreds Have Left the Group Because of Him
As an answer to the question, "What can we do?",
I offer this article.
If we want to see the hate dissipate, we need to engage in conversation.
Shouting from the roof top to deaf ears (and echo chambers) will do very little to move this country forward,
instead be mindful of your interactions with people.
Bring up the tough topics and discuss.
Be willing to listen AND share.
BTW, a documentary about this guy is now streaming on Netflix: “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America”
The article contains this powerful quote:
He never tries to convert the Klansmen. He simply becomes friends with them and they give up the KKK on their own.
From my perspective,
this is how life actually works.
What we Resist, persists.
What we run-from, chases us.
Resist not evil.
Love your Enemies.
What if Jesus wasn't just being spiritually revolutionary,
what if he was being pragmatic?
when he said:
"do good to those hating you,
bless those cursing you,
and pray for those accusing you falsely"
With a deep bow to race,
I would also like to note some of the other issues that divide us:
- sexual orientation
- gender and gender orientation
- nationality and country of origin
- political and economic theories we identify-with…
- As well as our everyday human disagreements and conflicts.
The healing power of
is huge IMO/E.
From my perspective:
Acceptance produces change.
Hate can only hurt, not Heal.
What is your wisdom, experience, theory?
In practice, is this easy/hard to live?
in life! Wendy