Apr 23, 2020
Daryl Davis is an American R&B and blues musician, activist, author, actor, and bandleader. He is considered one of the best -- if not the best -- boogie-woogie piano players in the world. Daryl Davis has played with such legendary musicians as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, B. B. King, and Bruce Hornsby.
He is also the subject of the 2016 documentary Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America. Daryl Davis is also the author of the book Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan.
Daryl Davis explains how he decided to befriend Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacists with the goal of getting them to disavow hatred, violence, and destruction.
Daryl Davis also shares what it is like to attend Ku Klux Klan hate rallies and the communication strategies he uses when speaking with and ultimately deradicalizing white supremacist terrorists. And of course, Daryl Davis reflects on the power of music and what it was like to perform with legends such as B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Chauncey DeVega ponders why the photojournalist who took a picture of Donald Trump’s zombie ghouls at a staged pro-pandemic anti-public health “rally” in Ohio appears to now regret that decision.
Chauncey DeVega also explains how Donald Trump violated his presidential oath of office and may have even committed treason by encouraging armed rebellion against Democratic governors who have enacted social distancing policies in an effort to keep people safe from the pandemic.
And Chauncey decodes the white supremacist Stephen Miller’s recent decision through Donald Trump to ban immigration to the United States supposedly because of the pandemic – hint: Miller’s real motivation involves Adolf Hitler’s birthday and white neofascism.
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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.