A friend from school dropped me off at home around 9:30pm. I don’t usually stay at school that late, but today we had a fascinating lecture at Arapahoe Community College by Daryl Davis, an African-American who has interviewed, converted and studied Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members.

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KKK, as Mr. Davis explained, was founded in 1865 by mostly Scottish and Irish Masons. It is due to the Masonic tradition that the overall head of the Klan is called “imperial wizard” (like president), the local leader “grand dragon” (this is like a governor), etc.

“There is no the Ku Klux Klan anymore,” said Mr. Davis. There are many Ku Klux Klans now and some of them are very hostile toward each other.

Davis, who has been to 49 countries but has found racism in his native America only, says, “our ideology needs to catch up with our technology” (referring to the American nationalistic “greatest nation on Earth” slogan).

I do no want to tell all the details of how he got acquainted with Ku Klux Kan (you can find that in his “Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan” book, which I am planning to read next week), but the ugliest thing I learned about KKK is that they celebrate April 4 (Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination date) with T-shirts saying, “Our Dream Became Reality.”

“Ignorance–> fear–> hate.” – D. Davis

Mr. Davis had brought with him the robe of former KKK imperial wizard Roger Kelly, whose attitude, undoubtedly, had changed due to his encounter with Daryl Davis.

You can visit his official website at http://daryldavis.com/, which also reveals Davis’s other talents.