Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America ★★★½

Davis is a man with a simple objective: get an answer to his lifelong question of "How can you hate me when you do not know me?" But this documentary reveals his journey and the exploration of racism in America is anything but simple. There are things that don't compute. A black man pursues and maintains years-long friendships with Klan members and collects KKK memorabilia he intends to display in a museum. That black man on a quest to combat racists ends up combatting Black Lives Matter activists frustrated with his preference for engaging with those in a community they believe cannot change rather than uplifting those in his own community. 

From Davis's efforts, we do not gain a definitive solution to the toxic problems of systemic racism in this country, but only the understanding that inaction is not an option. Hearts and minds and movements - this film captures intently that fighting against hatred takes courage and perseverance, no matter your tactics.

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