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The Ku Klux Klan, otherwise known as The Klan or KKK, is a far right organization that has been associated with 3 time periods America. The history of the KKK spotlights an organization that previously has endorsed acts of extremism including white supremacy, nationalism, and anti-immigration. These radical views have traditionally been supported by means of terrorist acts in support of their agenda. The 2nd as well as 3rd faction belonging to the Ku Klux Klan made numerous mention of this country’s “Anglo-Saxon” and “Celtic” blood, dating back to 19th century nativism and racialism in which people priding themselves on originated from the very first 18th century English revolutionaries. All record keeping associated with the history of the KKK has shown well-documented reports of the Klu Klux Klan carrying out acts of terror, even though historians disagree on how extensively terrorism was recognized by the regular membership belonging to the 2nd KKK. The KKK the 1920’s included in its belief structure an anti-communist stance on politics. Today’s Klu Klux Klan is fractured into multiple chapters and is categorized to be a hate group.
The earliest Klan prospered within the Southern states during the 1860s, disgruntled war veterans of the Confederacy created the Ku Klux Klan in order to further segregate African Americans by denying them the rights of freedom and equality that had been won in the American Civil War. These Klansmen of the KKK did everything in their power to prevent African Americans from enjoying these newly acquired civil rights. In order to further their agenda Klansmen of the Klu Klux Klan often propagated violence or threats of violence towards African Americans seeking to further themselves. Oftentimes these acts of violence would lead to injury, death, and even murder. To conceal their identities members of the Klan began to wear white robes as a way to intimidate African Americans. Their iconic bright white attire was comprised of robes, face masks, together with conical shaped caps, which were made to be extravagant and frightening. Organizations supporting similar propaganda as the KKK helped some southern states once again secure their dominance over blacks in Southern society. These hate propagating organizations slowly declined during the late 1870s, with the implementation of the legal system segregation and repression based legislation know as the Jim Crow Laws.
A revival of the KKK in the 1920’s blossomed countrywide due to a mass migration of foreigners and blacks to the north. Fears stemming from religious beliefs and jobs insecurities led the KKK to further its membership numbers during this time. The faction implemented identical attire to the first Klan, only they implemented cross burnings into their rituals. It was at this time that the KKK expanded its prejudices to include religious and racial minorities they felt threatened their core beliefs. The KKK in the 1920’s expanded its reach into the Northern half of the country during this time. The KKK in the 1920’s was especially strong in Ohio boasting over fifty thousand members in its rank including high ranking politicians and city officials. The KKK in the mid 1920s began to decline as David Stephenson, the Grand Dragon of Indiana got arrested on an account of assaulting a young girl. Other prominent members were also arresting for various other scandals and criminal deeds. The KKK, once standing for a respectable cause, saw its decline soon after.
The 3rd KKK came forth soon after World War II during the 1950’s and 60’s was initially linked to opposing the civil rights movement and advancement among minorities. This belief structure has been carried out and still exists today and although the KKK of today may not be as prevalent in numbers as the KKK in the 1920’s it’s still a hate group to put on our radar for years to come. With the presidential election of America’s first African American President Barack Obama, the KKK has seen growing interest stemming from the fears of what a minority in office might do. With fear of the unknown caused by this election driving prejudices the Klu Klux Klan may yet see another revival of their members.