hate organizations of all time, the Ku Klux Klan. Their idea to persecute and sometimes resort to
violence show how evil a human can may be. According to Tiger Knowles in Nightriding with
the Klan, written by Jim Carnes, African Americans were "worthless" and "useless" (103) in his
eyes. Often time’s people may say something that is stereotypical but not meant to be malicious.
These words do not even compare to the hatred of the Ku Klux Klan. Klan members would
often resort to vigilantism and violence to rid African Americans of their society. For many
years this organization instilled fear among African Americans in the United States. Still after
reconstruction efforts and the civil rights era the Ku Klux Klan continues to be an immoral issue
and a problem in modern day America.
The Ku Klux Klan, commonly referred to as the KKK or simply the Klan, dates back to the
immediate days after the civil war according to Carnes Nightriding with the Klan (103). During
the early days of their existence white southerners continued to discriminate African Americans
even after the civil war. According to Jim Carnes Nightriding with the Klan the members of the
organization sought to "preserve southern tradition" (106). When the people of the United States
would try to unite racially segregated peoples, the Ku Klux Klan has done nothing but attempt
to stop the progress by any means necessary, which even includes violence. Many feared that
the KKK was too violent, General Meade was in charge of suppressing their power according to
the Memphis Daily Avalanches' article "The Military and the Southern Secret Societies". Raids...
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white race" and in this time period membership skyrocketed and the beliefs that they had were
often tolerated (Carnes 106). Soon the KKK would once again disband at the hands of the great
depression and all the financial problems that came with it. The civil rights movement also dealt
yet another crushing blow to what was left of the KKK.
The KKK didn’t limit their intolerance to only African Americans. Often times Asians,
Jews, and Catholicism in its entirety were often scrutinized by the KKK for their beliefs and
appearances. Although not as violent and infamous as they were to African Americans were
often targets of harassment and criticism. Today few follow in the footsteps of the original
Klansmen. Those few are dedicated to their cause and are dedicated by any means to carry out
their goals, motivated by their hate and evilness.
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