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From 1865 to today, the Ku Klux Klan or the KKK has killed more than ten thousand people. Essentially racist, the men of the Ku Klux Klan organized in the nineteenth century and up to the half of the twentieth century, staging macabre and deplorable executions.
The motive of the earliest Klan attacks was initially to prevent the blacks from being able to vote. It is the KKK’s priority because the black population in the Southern states was significant. After the Civil War, the percentage of blacks in the populace of the South was much higher. Had blacks been permitted to vote, they would have the capability to exert considerable political influence. Once white supremacists were firmly in authority, then legal devices could be utilized to control blacks and to pass laws to suppress black voting and other essential rights. However, this did not put a stop to the KKK’s violence. The KKK not only sought to limit black civil rights, but also attacked black economic activity. They targeted black businessmen who accomplished any success. Other targets were any black individual who endeavored to form organizations and unions to promote economic aspirations.
A prominent historical figure that was connected to the KKK is Nathan Bedford Forrest. He served as a lieutenant general in the confederate army during the American Civil War. He joined Ku Klux Klan in 1866 and was appointed as the first Grand Wizard. Under Forrest’s rule, the KKK tried to encourage African-American freedmen to go back to slavery and a state of repressed station of living. Due to several failed attempts, they became vehement despite Forrest’s efforts to preserve order. They organized midnight parades, ghost masquerades and murders of African-Americans. However, in 1875, Forrest gave a warmly-accepted speech where he apologized for his former views against the African-American populace.
During the Reconstruction era, the Klan functioned throughout the South. But then with the success of white Southerners to regain control of state governments and the passage of Federal terrorism laws, the Klan largely vanished. Its revival came later and this time, the KKK spread beyond the former Confederate states’ borders.
In the 1930s and the 1940s, the KKK became the subject of numerous lawsuits and scandals. The sect was weakened; however, it was reborn at the end of the Second World War. The sect’s xenophobia was further exacerbated with continued immigration and the political demands of the black population. The lynching of people resumed as well as the terrorist attacks.
Between the years 1954 and 1966, the KKK blew up 70 bombs in Georgia and Alabama and 30 in Mississippi. Public opinion on the sect began to change and in 1966, when the Ku Klux Klan was still nearly 60,000 members, it was made illegal again. This group still survives today but in a more secret manner with about 15,000 members remaining. With paramilitary organizations organized into small groups, they have swapped their white hoods for more sophisticated weaponry.
Their doctrine comes down to the simplistic belief that the white race is superior above all the other races in the world. Members train in military camps and organize attacks. Between the years 1980 and 1986, there were nearly 3000 attacks, threats and murders that were recorded as related to the Ku Klux Klan. The implementation of this sect is limited to some regions of the Southern States.
Although it does not threaten the social order in the United States of America, the KKK still has large financial resources that enable it to purchase sophisticated weaponry. In addition, the Ku Klux Klan has partnered with many other neo-Nazi splinter groups. What is more disturbing is that according to a recent survey, 11% of the U.S. population identifies with these racist ideals. The world’s greatest power was decidedly a hard time getting rid of his demons.
Today, men of the KKK mingle freely with neo-Nazi paramilitary factions. Since its foundation, there has been fluctuation to the total number of members of the Ku Klux Klan through the years. By the year 2008, there are approximately 6000 members. There are about 150 Klan chapters all over and which are faithful and dedicated to the words and dictates of their leaders.
Here are some examples of current existing KKK organizations. The Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is widespread in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and other parts of the Southeastern U.S. In the U.S., the Church of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is the most active Klan. It is headed by Jeff Berry from Butler, Indiana. The Imperial Klans of America, a pro-white organization, have also been in existence since 1997. Founded in the year 1870, the Knights of the White Camelia is a secret organization that still survives in the deep South. The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is the largest Klan in the United States today. Established in 2005 by national director Thom Robb, its main base is in Harrison, Arkansas.
Thomas Robb, also known as Thom Robb, came from Detroit, Michigan. He is a pastor at the Christian Revival Center. He is also the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He is also well-known to defend the Ku Klux Klan as a harmless society. He is a writer and frequently broadcasts on shortwave radio and Storm front internet radio regarding his beliefs on creationism and his contrasting views on evolution and the attacks and opposition to the Christian faith.
In 1986, he was the mastermind in the protest against the Martin Luther King National Holiday in Pulaski, Tennessee. Since it is the location of the establishment of the Ku Klux Klan, the event ultimately became the White Christian Heritage Festival.
Robb has close ties with other extremists such as Billy Roper, David Duke, Don Black, J. B. Stoner, Ed Fields, Michael Collins Piper, Willis Carto, Canadian extremist Paul Fromm and former Croatian Diplomat Tomislav Sunic.
In July 2009, The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was ordered to make a payment of $25,000 in punitive damages to a North Carolina newspaper called Rhino Time. They were allegations that they were illegally using the newspaper for the spread of their extremist propaganda. They did that by putting fliers into editions of the newspaper in the year 2006. The KKK countersued Rhino Time for defamation, but it was dismissed.
Now, there is a shift of public attention towards the family of Thomas Robb. His daughter, Rachel Pendergraft, and his granddaughters, Shelby and Charity Pendergraft have formed the “Heritage Connection,” a “white nationalist” band.
In June 2005, a lawsuit involving a former member of the Ku Klux Klan was held in the United States. This man has been charged with several murders that inspired the film Mississippi Burning that was released in the year 1989. The film recounts the murder of three civil rights activists killed in 1963 while the right to vote for blacks had been elected.
All over the United States of America, Klan members are still currently active. These are the persons who, after many years of campaigns for the equality of all men, still have a strong and persisting belief that the white race is better and dominant among the other races in the planet. For them, other races pollute the America they are living in these days. They feel discomfort and hatred upon thinking that their children, who are progenies of the Aryan brotherhood, have to mix and go to establishments that let colored people to have education and be treated humanely. They have a firm belief that other races should not be allowed to gain entry in America.
There is no assurance that true equality will be experienced and if this will ever happen in the future. For others, people are still categorized by race and color. For some people still believe that some race is superior and dominant among others and all other non-white minorities should step back. This kind of mentality is cultivated when an individual is in their youth. It could even be said that those who still believe in this type of idealism these days is either brainwashed or lack proper education.
Catholic or not, believers of a higher power or not, there is a reason why we are placed on earth together. People are born equal and everyone should experience the same privileges and the same human rights as the others. If there is a person or a group who will compromise these inalienable rights, they should be made accountable for their beliefs and actions for no one should be above anyone just because of the color of their skin.
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