A Hundred Years of Terror from the Ku Klux Klan

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A Hundred Years of Terror from the Ku Klux Klan During the third week of March 1981, a black man named Joeseph Anderson was being tried in Mobile for killing a white police officer in Birmingham; the jury of the trail came to a hung jury. This upset Tiger Knowles, Province Klaliff of the United Klans of America, and Henry Hays, the informal leader of the younger Klansmen of the UKA. They felt that if a black man could get away with killing a white police officer, than white men should be able to get away with killing a black man. So, Knowles and Hays decided to go on a mission, they were determined to show Mobile that what happened in that courtroom was wrong. The two were driving through in a black neighborhood to find a black man--any black man-to perform their mission. The black man they found was a young man named Michael Donald. They pulled up next to Donald as he was walking on the side of the road. Knowles asked if he could tell them how to get to Powell's, a local nightclub. When Donald approached the car, Knowles showed him his .22-caliber pistol and told him to stay quite. Knowles then got out of the car and forced Donald into the car, then got in next to him. Hays then drove toward Baldwin County along an old truck route by the paper mills. Knowles forced Donald to empty his pockets onto the back floorboard. "I don't believe this is happening. You can do anything you want to me. Just let me go," Donald kept saying. Knowles asked Donald if he had heard about the recent murders of black children in Atlanta. Donald said he had. Knowles then threatened Donald with the murder. Soon afterward, Hays pulled into an old garbag... ... middle of paper ... ...hey had to oppress others to stay the best. They went to great lengths to be the "supreme race." From intimidating to lynching and murdering innocent people, the whites did what they felt they had to do to stay on top. This gave them some sort of sick confidence. Every time in history when blacks would rebel, or take one step further in their fight for acceptance, the KKK and other whites would have an outrage. They would completely go crazy and do whatever they could do to stop them. Most whites had no remorse for other racial groups. Most whites were really living with an extreme fear that blacks would take over. This is proved when the depression happened, and whites thought blacks were taking all their jobs. It's proven over and over again through out history. Whites were simply afraid of not being supreme anymore.

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