The KKK versus the Anti-Klan Movement

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The KKK versus the Anti-Klan Movement

The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is the oldest and largest gathering of White Christian men and women. As the oldest White's Right group in the world, members of the Ku Klux Klan face much criticism from the rest of society and are constantly trying to break down the negative stereotypes and connotations that are associated with the KKK. In fact, the Confederate flag is now in question as a device to distinguish the organization as it has been deemed a symbol of bigotry and injustice toward African Americans in the south. In this paper, we will first look at the KKK as an organization and the principles upon which they were founded. Later, we will look at the claims that the KKK is not a "hate" group and the reasons why others feel differently. We will also examine other groups and their feelings for and against racism. There are literally hundreds of organizations world-wide for and against racism. We will look at some of these groups, and how some share the similar beliefs as the Ku Klux Klan and others as they combat the evil the KKK spreads.

The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was founded on Christmas Eve in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee. Following the Civil war, the Klan was formed by the former Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest in order to protect the wives and children of the Confederate dead. The rise of this organization after the Civil War was also due largely to the fact that Jews were profiting from negro's work on cotton plantations. This is why the Confederate men and women had so much hostility toward Jews and negros. Forrest originally named the group "Kuklos Klan," a mixture of Greek and Scottish meaning "family circle." Many branches of the group sprang up all over th...

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