Ku Klux Klan Synthesis

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“Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason,” —Abraham Joshua Heschel. Racism has plagued society since the beginning of time, and as Heschel explained it is one of mankind’s greatest downfalls. As social animals; humans have a natural desire to relate to each other and group off. Collaborating with others has many benefits such as, starting a family or getting through natural disasters but; often times this desire to connect has led to superiority complexes and severe racism. History shows that the failure to embrace differences can lead to horrific wars and unrest. An example of a time when a group of common people used racism to connect is America’s Ku Klux Klan. Although the Ku Klux Klan has become less of an issue over the years, it is still existent and has the potential to expand.
The Ku Klux Klan was established shortly after the American Civil War in 1866 and was prevalent in most southern states by 1870. The group was driven by violence and racism to combat the post war equality legislature that was beginning to pass in Congress. Since then, the Klan has had a long history that has had an impact on America on several levels. There has been a recent strong effort to put an end to their irrational destructive behavior towards African Americans, Hispanics, Jews, Homosexuals, and many more.
After the Civil War the whole country suffered a great loss of life and industry. Entire cities were destroyed piercing the economy; the South was particularly affected by the war. Directly after the war the Klan saw much activity trying to get Democrats in office that would not support the advancements of former slaves. Eventually by the end of the 1880’s the South seemed to be more st...

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...g around the world on a daily basis. In 1960 interracial marriage was illegal in many states and made up less than one percent of marriages. In 2010 more than eight percent of all marriages were interracial. Another example of a changing society is the integration of schools and the workplace of America, for more than forty years it has been illegal to segregate schools and have an all-white workforce, thanks to acts like Affirmative Action.
In conclusion, the world is changing daily and the days where a group could spread hate so freely are over. Although the Ku Klux Klan has become less of an issue over the years, it is still existent and has the potential to expand. Organizations like the Ku Klux Klan might have been influential in the past but it is the passion for justice that the current and future generation has that will keep the Klan on a steady decline.

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