These days anything is possible in American politics.
Apparently, even an African-American being a white supremacist is possible.
That’s according to blues musician Daryl Davis, a black man who said members of the violent Antifa movement labeled him as such, apparently because he makes it a habit to reach out to racists in hopes of opening their minds.
(In an NPR feature two years ago, Davis said 200 Klansmen have given up their robes after speaking with him.)
In a post shared on Facebook last week, Davis said he has spent over 30 years “talking with Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, White Nationalists, White Supremacists, White Separatists, Black Supremacists, Black Separatists, Alt Right members and just about every other group you can imagine with a superiority complex.”
He explained that his motivation is to reconcile different ideological groups to help “reduce violence and racism and bring about a sense of normalcy and civility among my fellow Americans.”
Along the way, Davis said he has been called many things by racists, from a porch monkey to a pavement ape. And from the other side he’s been called an Uncle Tom, an Uncle Ruckus, an Oreo, a race traitor, and a sellout.
The one thing he had never been called was a white supremacist, which he “could not imagine being called in a million years.”
At least, until Antifa came into the picture.
Then again, newly married Candace Owens could have enlightened Davis.
Davis noted that he was part of a panel in Philadelphia last week, assembled by the organizers to discuss ways to deescalate racism, antisemitism and violence. People “from all walks of life and every political persuasion” turned out, he added.
About 40 Antifa members were protesting outside the venue, accusing them of being racist, according to Davis, who said they went outside and invited them in.
In his own words, Davis explained what happened next:
“We invited the Antifa members to come in a join the party and have an opportunity to talk with us. They refused. I thought I had seen and heard it all in my 61 years and nothing would surprise me, but I was mistaken. Now are you ready for this? The Antifa people called me a White Supremacist. What??? Are you kidding me??? Wow!!! That’s right, you heard me!!! They called ME, a White Supremacist. Now, I KNOW I’ve heard it all. It’s good to be colorblind sometimes, but this is ridiculous!!!
Ridiculous indeed. But Owens, a black conservative woman, experienced the exact same phenomenon over a year ago.
Owens was eating breakfast at a Philadelphia coffee shop with Charlie Kirk, founder of the student activist group Turning Point USA, when members of Antifa set upon them.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 6, 2018
The thugs, some of whom covered their faces, threw things at them and dumped drinks on them. As Owens and Kirk left the diner, they were called fascists and white supremacists.
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