Kkk intimidating voters
Since 1865, the Ku Klux Klan has provided a vehicle for this kind of hatred in America, and its members have been responsible for atrocities that are difficult for most people to even imagine.
Today, while the traditional Klan has declined, there are many other groups which go by a variety of names and symbols and are at least as dangerous as the KKK.
For many years the KKK quite literally could get away with murder. Those who would use violence to deny others their rights can’t be ignored. This hate society was America’s first terrorist organization.
The Ku Klux Klan was an instrument of fear, and black people, Jews and even white civil rights workers knew that the fear was intended to control us, to keep things as they had been in the South through slavery, and after that ended, through Jim Crow. As we prepare for the 21st century, we need to prepare for the continued presence of the Klan.
This time it never quite disappeared, but it never again commanded such widespread support.
Today, it seems incredible that an organization so violent, so opposed to the American principles of justice and equality, could twice in the nation’s history have held such power.
Got a pre-owned vehicle with an inactive Sirius XM radio?This fear of the Klan was very real because, for a long time, the Klan had the power of Southern society on its side. It is a tribute to our laws that the Klan gradually was unmasked and its illegal activities checked. Unfortunately, malice and bigotry aren’t limited by dates on a calendar.Now, of course, I turn on my television set and see people in Klan robes or military uniforms again handing out hate literature on the town square. This report was produced by the Southern Poverty Law center’s Klanwatch Project.Klanwatch was formed in 1981 to help curb Klan and racist violence through litigation, education and monitoring.Klanwatch was formed in 1981 to help curb Klan and racist violence through litigation, education and monitoring. This is a history of hate in America — not the natural discord that characterizes a democracy, but the wild, irrational, killing hate that has led men and women throughout our history to extremes of violence against others simply because of their race, nationality, religion or lifestyle.
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