The Ku Klux Klan Essay

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The Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan, better known as the KKK, was started in Tennessee in 1866. The people who believed in "White
Pride" came together against the advancement of African
Americans, Jews, and other minorities. The KKK members were very violent and used harsh actions to get their point across, but their actions were supported by their strong belief in their religion and the culture in which they were brought up in. The Klan did as it believed, they did what they thought was right and for their time period they were just acting in the way their culture brought them up to act. The name Ku Klux Klan comes from the Greek word kuklos, meaning circle. The oldest symbol of unity is a circle. The Klan represents
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Duke used a sort of Nazi flavor to revamp the KKK, and his best addition to the Klan was his manipulation of the media. Dukes main attacks were at affirmative action, he attracted new youthful members, recruiting from high schools and colleges. The most well known act of terrorism occurred in Greensboro in 1979, where the Communist Workers Party rallied against the
Klan, their motto was "Death to the Klan". KKK members and Nazis came together and attacked the marchers and wounded five protestors and killed another nine. Presently the Fifth Era of the KKK is in action, they haven't been as violent as the past four eras, but there are several groups that are growing in numbers. The Ku Klux Klan's actions were very radical. There is one idea that hasn't changed in the past one hundred and fifty years, and that is that the killing of an innocent person is wrong. The KKK killed any black that had too much power or a lot of influence. Prior to the Klan's existence a similar party killed one hundred and sixteen black people and their bodies were thrown in the Tallahatchie River. In one Louisiana parish in 1868, over a two-day period Klansmen killed or wounded two hundred victims. A large pile of twenty-five dead bodies was found half buried in the woods. During 1870 in South
Carolina the Klan killed six black people, and whipped another three hundred until they could barely walk. Mass killings like these
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