KKK

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From its inception in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has been associated with the violent mistreatment of minorities in the United States. Its history exhibits an evolution of racism from threats to gruesome murders. Historians and scientists, alike, have spent years attempting to piece together the puzzle of the illusive existence of the Ku Klux Klan. Questions still surround the allegiances of the Klan and its participation in secret activities from its inception to current day. Though always a prolific hate group which participated in hate crimes, when did the Klan’s mischief turn malicious? A History of the Ku Klux Klan The First Klan. The first Klan was founded near Pulaski, Tennessee by six Confederate Army veterans in 1865 (KKK, n.d.). This first Klan represented themselves as a “vigilante group” that targeted freedmen and their allies during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. In addition, it sought to restore white supremacy through violence and threats towards those who were opposed to their ideals. Members identified as being largely Protestant and politically conservative. The Klan supported several political ideologies including: white supremacy, white nationalism, nativism, anti-communism, Christian terrorism, anti-Catholicism, antisemitism, and homophobism (KKK, n.d.). Truly, the ideologies of the original Ku Klux Klan, and those of the Klans that proceeded it, never instigated mischief; but rather, these ideologies encouraged the implementation of violent acts since the inception of the Ku Klux Klan. Origins of Racist Belief. The anti-Semitic and homophobic ideologies supported by the Ku Klux Klan to this day are comparable to those adopted by Hitler and the Nazi regime in the 1930s. The early ide... ... middle of paper ... ...rding to the Southern Poverty Law Center, this dramatic increase in the number of extremist organizations is directly proportional to the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States - a group of people which, ideologically, the Ku Klux Klan has antipathy for. This antipathy is fueled by their overwhelming belief in white supremacy. Undoubtedly, this frightening antipathy and the supremacist force of the Ku Klux Klan are still prevalent to racism today. Though its present-day actions are much less violent then those committed in the past, the detriment caused by the immutable hatred for target communities of people cannot be deafened. Driven by the possessive investment in whiteness and a strong belief in white supremacy, the malicious history of the Ku Klux Klan will forever be a reminder of the insurmountable racism that faces our nation.

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