The History of the Ku Klux Klan and their Modern Day Actions Essay

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The Ku Klux Klan is one of our Nations most well known feared groups. It is motivated in a culture with only one race through their eyes. The KKK has used violence and actions above the law to support their cause. It has been around for more than 130 years while it continues to thrive in America’s society today. The Ku Klux Klan began after the civil war in the Southern United States. These southern people suffered much from the effects of this war. Many lost their homes, plantations, friends and loved ones to the war. In 1865, a club was started to help relieve the stress of the times. The men were all poor, bored and yet upset about the out come of the war. In the beginning, the men only wanted to play pranks on people. However…show more content…
The KKK was still suffering major declines in strength in the United States, but it had not completely disappeared. (Lutz & Lutz, 2005) In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, lawyer Atticus Finch attempts to explain how elusive ‘‘justice’’ was for a black man charged with raping a white woman in the Depression-era South, saying: ‘‘Those are twelve reasonable men in everyday life, Tom’s jury, but you saw something come between them and reason. . . . In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.’’ (Sommerville & Miller, 2004) Civil Rights came in to play as a way of life after World War I. In the 1920s Carey McWilliams, one of L.A.’s wisest observers, recalled that “for Southern California the decade was one long drunken orgy, one protracted debauch.” At the opposite pole of local culture, organized intolerance surged to the fore. The newly revived Ku Klux Klan, which was witnessing startling growth nationwide, came to town with the help of L.A. radio phenomenon “Fighting Bob” Shuler, a fundamentalist with roots in Dixie. Shuler supported the KKK and reached millions of adoring listeners with his denunciations of African Americans, Jews, Catholics, immigrants, drinkers, radicals, moderate politicians, and
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