The Ku Klux Klan: Acting Out of Hate in Secrecy The Ku Klux Klan is classified as a hate group who in their three summits in history forced blacks and other ethnic groups to live in fear that they did not deserve. The Ku Klux Klan is an extreme racist group founded in 1866 in Pulaski, Tennessee by six former Confederate veterans. The first two words in the name come from the Greek word “kyklos” meaning “circle.” The KKK used to be known as just the Klan or the Hooded Order. The group was formed due to the white Southern resistance to the Republican Party’s newly established policies for the economic equality for blacks; main beliefs of the group included white supremacy, white nationalism, and anti-immigration. The KKK met at a convention, the “Invisible Empire of the South,” in 1867.
They feared that these slaves would rise up and form a revolt against white Americans. The Klan believes many of these cases did occur and the government turned a blind eye too often. The Ku Klux Klan then formed in May of 1866 to stand up for the rights of white people in Southern America. Originally, the small group were only social in nature and merely discussed their beliefs of 'black tyranny', however the group grew and began to terrorise African Americans by raiding their homes often wearing white sheets. In 1867 many Klan's were established, most of the leaders being former member of the Confederate Army,a groupâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦ In the next few years the Klan grew larger with more young extremists and began to spread north.
Racial Riots in America Over the past century, beginning before World War I, many incidents have occurred involving white mob assaults against entire black communities. In most of the cases these white mobs attacked the black neighborhoods, beating and killing the residents in many numbers. They also set fire and destroyed the blacks property. This was the result of the white society trying to maintain their superiority over the black communities, keeping them as the minority. These brutal confrontations are mostly referred to as race riots.
The Jim Crow South managed to find a loop hole in the constitution and keep freed African Americans under strict regulations, known as the Jim Crow Laws. These laws led to the Plessy versus Ferguson case of 1896 which further sparked the already ignited controversy of the Jim Crow Laws. The laws upheld legal segregation in the South and left a long standing impact among African Americans in the country. The fight for equality led to riots such as the Springfield Race Riot of 1908 in Illinois. Many people such as Ned Cobb and Barbara Johns rose up against the laws in order to claim the right of equality among all African Americans.
Eventually they were bored, and determined to bring their conferences to consequent level. They disguised themselves in masks and flowing robes, hiding their identities and running around town after dark. They attacked at night, anticipating to scare former black slaves in the area, claiming to be ghosts of the Confederacy. The Klan terrorized newly freed blacks, trying to intimidate them from applying for jobs formerly held only by whites, and from running for public office, goals which would have given them dignity and a semblance of power. This white supremacy group started with ... ... middle of paper ... ...ion was to break down the radical party by whipping and killing….” The group had increased to a point of no return, and they had lost members because of this.
Ku Klux Klan During the nineteenth century, black people were treated as slaves. White governments introduced many laws to control their freedom. They could not vote. They were denied access to good jobs and to worthwhile education and well into the twentieth century they suffered great poverty. People from the USA wanted to prevent them from voting and holding office.
Klu Klux Klan The Ku Klux Klan was a brutal, suppressive cult organization which fought to deny the basic civil rights and human liberties granted to citizens of the U.S. by the Bill of Rights to African-Americans, immigrants, Roman-Catholics, Jews, socialists, communists, and anyone else who went against its beliefs or interfered in its work. The Klan was first established in Pulaski, Tennessee in May 1866 by Nathan Forrest, just two years after the end of the Civil War. Some white southerners, however, were still fighting the war and felt they would be until their death. Forrest was the Klan’s first “Imperial Wizard”, and the Klan quickly spread to other southern states. At the time there were other white supremacy organizations such as the White Brotherhood, the Men of Justice, and the Knights of the White Camelia, but the KKK was the most influential and widely recognized of the groups.
The Ku Klux Klan also known as just “The Klan” or “Hooded order”. This was an racist suprimistest group. This group of white men was founded in 1860.The gang extended to every southern state by 1870 and became bigger for white resistance and they hate the republican party. They didn’t like the Republican Party era policies because it aimed for establishing political and economic equality for blacks. The members soon thought of an intimidation scare tactic by dressing in all white to be seen as ghost.
Post World War I Oklahoma had a racially and politically tense atmosphere around the 20th century, lynchings were a part of a continuing effort by whites to assert and maintain white supremacy (“Tulsa Race”). The race riot was one of the worst urban racial conflicts in history, In 1921 an estimated 50 dead, hundreds injured, and more 1,000 owned homes and businesses destroyed by whites against blacks (Christensen). The commercial section of greenwood which included 191 businesses, a Jr high school, and churches and the only hospital were destroyed (“Tulsa Race”). The Tulsa Tribune reported that Dick Rowland had attempted to rape Sarah Page according to the eye witnesses, there had been talk of lynching the following evening (Ellsworth). The Tulsa Tribune which was one of two white papers in Tulsa describing the alleged incident with the headline “Nab negro for attacking girl in an elevator”, the tribune also included an
Eventually, Reconstruction was ended, in part because of compromises made in the disputed presidential election of 1876. (Lutz & Lutz, 2005) From 1967 and 1968 to the beginning of the 1990s, terrorism in the world was characterized by the appearance of large numbers of groups of leftist... ... middle of paper ... ...l organization for ex-confederates in Pulaski, Tennessee. They spread very rapidly through the south and even got such nicknames as the "Invisible Empire". The Klan has been involved in countless incidents of human rights violations, although blacks have typically been the Klan's main target, it also has assaulted Jews, immigrants, homosexuals and Catholics over the years. It is true that racism still exists in the United States, but there will always be men and women of every color fighting against groups like the KKK.