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Overview Of The Ku Klux Klan

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The KKK or Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1866 in Pulaski, Tennessee by former Confederate Soldiers. Some of the founders of this organization consisted of; Captain John Lester, Major James Crowe, and Richard Reed to name a few. Their main target at the time was blacks and any white person that stood with them. The Ku Klux Klan was the head of the racism movement in America. Being a hate group among minorities, they made them live in terror day in and day out. The KKK was the most feared group of people in the 1860’s. The Ku Klux Klan is better known for their bizarre costumes. They wore white robes with tall cone shaped hats that would cover their whole face except for their eyes, which was cut out. Even to this day, they follow the same dress code as they did when the organization was founded in 1866. Around 1920, the Ku Klux Klan started to burn wooden crosses in the yards of black residents in hopes they would instill enough fear that they would leave. The Ku Klux Klan also had billets that each member would hold. In 1866, when the Ku Klux Klan was founded, Nathan Bedford Forrest was the Grand Wizard of the Empire or also known as Imperial Wizard. Other than his military experience, he was not well educated, did not have experience in leading any type of people, and died not to long after the Ku Klux Klan was founded. The Ku Klux Klan Act was passed in 1871, which allowed the congress to arrest or prosecute any acts of violence that were held by the Ku Klux Klan or any form of terrorism against any individual. The Ku Klux Klan was declared unconstitutional in 1882 by the United States Supreme Court. Unfortunately, Ulysses S. Grant did not enforce the law due to many factors such as finances and it being difficult to prosecute a... ... middle of paper ... ...icas’ history. Some see it as racism and hate among the KKK. Others like, the white supremacy groups, other KKK members, Neo-Nazis, and others that support and follow in their footsteps. One can’t help but to think about their ulterior motives. The KKK claims they are not racist but do not want African Americans, Hispanics, and any other race to join their alliance. Some of the KKK groups say they love but do not hate, yet they hate gays, bi-racial relationships, and we will be dammed to hell if we practice in such behaviors. They practice in what they believe in and that is making whites the superior race and although in the eyes of millions of Americans, it is wrong because we are supposed to accept everyone as they are. Regrettably, they believe only whites should exist, which sadly is protected in their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and expression.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the kkk or ku klux klan was founded in 1866 in pulaski, tennessee by former confederate soldiers. they were the head of the racism movement in america.
  • Explains the ku klux klan's bizarre costumes. they wore white robes with cone-shaped hats and burned wooden crosses in the yards of black residents. nathan bedford forrest was the grand wizard of the empire.
  • Explains that the ku klux klan act was passed in 1871, which allowed the congress to arrest or prosecute any acts of violence or terrorism against any individual. ulysses s. grant did not enforce the law due to many factors such as finances.
  • Describes how the ku klux klan rebelled against african americans and white republicans in 1886, killing 46 people and wounding 70 others. they set goals to rid the south of the black community and build their clan.
  • Explains that the ku klux klan is a white supremacy group or "white power" group.
  • Explains that the ku klux klan carried out the most known riot in 1871, where 500 masked men that were a part of the kkk broke into the union county jail in south carolina and killed eight prisoners.
  • Explains that the ku klux klan has changed the rules and carries out their "hate" for others in different forms. the kkk believes only anglo-saxon should be the powerful race.
  • Explains that the ku klux klan gets legal support from the american civil liberties union (aclu) in defense of their first amendment rights.
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