Ku Klux Klan

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Ku Klux Klan Despite the civil rights amendments being passed over 40 years ago, racism continues to exist greatly in America. A good example of this is the southern-based organization called the Ku Klux Klan. Immediately following the Civil War, this group came about in the Reconstruction Era. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is one of America's oldest and most feared groups. Driven by the dream of a world with only one master race, the KKK often uses violence and moves above the law to promote their cause: white supremacy. Believe it or not, the original members meant of the KKK to be a hilarious social club that would be full of aimless fun, though in later years the KKK became known for their violence against people outside the white race and people who associated with them. With the history that Americans have of the KKK it is hard to believe that it was started because of a few people wanting to have some innocent fun, not because they were intending to start a chain of violence on anyone outside the white race. The Klan was very secretive, all of the members were safe from people knowing their real identities (if that was their wish). Because of this secrecy, they gained the alternate name of "The Invisible Empire". Although slavery was abolished, racism was not. The KKK felt extremely betrayed by the U.S. Government when it started recognizing African-Americans as more than just slaves. The KKK began their protest by lynching, tar and feathering, whipping, beating, and killing African-Americans in the South. The Klan doesn't use the same tactics as they did years and years ago. Now the KKK holds peaceful protests in front of civil rights organization buildings, the White House, and so on. Because of their more peaceful and more educated sounding approach, the Klan gets more positive attention from unintelligent southerners. After the U.S. Government removed troops from the South in the late 1800's, the Klan achieved its goal. Many of the groups disbanded. After the turn of the century, it started again. This time the goal was much larger, freeing America of all non-white, Christian Americans. This is the Ku Klux Klan we know today. The Klan hasn't been as powerful since their beginning, but for the past 50 years it has had many rebirth and falls.

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