Daryl, who'd become interested in what the klan believes in and why they believe in it, started writing a book about it. He talked his buddy into giving him the phone number of the grand dragon of the KKK. He wanted to interview him. (Oh yeah I said long story short) Well they had a tense first meeting, but gained respect for each other. Davis developed something of a friendship with this high-ranking klan member, who later became the Imperial Wizard. But what fascinates me most about this story is the reason Daryl pursued this topic so obsessively. He said that he was trying to understand how a person who had never met him could hate him. How someone who knew nothing about him could despise his very existence.
I think that pretty much sums up the evil that is embedded in racism. To think that someone would hate me simply because I'm Native American; or you because you're African American; or you because you're Caucasian; or you because you're Asian, or Mexican, or biracial, or because they don't know what you are. And though in the US race-based hate has been a cancer in our society for a long time, we certainly don't hold a monopoly on it. People hate other people they don't even know all over the world, and not always based on race. Just ask the Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda, or the Jews and the Palestinians in the Middle East. The branches of the hate tree reach far and its roots run deep. In fact they run all the way back to the garden of Eden.
Adam and Eve encountered the first racist ever known to mankind; satan. Oh, he doesn't just hate the black race, or the white race, or the Indian race, or the Asian race. No, he's pretty much equal opportunity with his hate. He hates the human race. And if you think that the death, pain and suffering that racism has caused in this world is terrible, then you don't even want to know what our great adversary has in mind for all of us. And remember, he hated you before he ever knew you.
So what can we do about that kind of hate? How can we guard ourselves against that kind of evil?
You see, Jesus is in charge and He will protect us. But we have to believe in Him and what He did on the Cross (the blood of the Lamb), and we have to tell others about it (the word of our testimony). Peace summits are great, but ultimately they won't work. We can sing We are the World until we're blue in the face, but that won't stop it. As Rev. Billy Graham said, the only force greater than the evil in this world [including racism] is the love of God. And remember, "Greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4)