Why I Quit the Klan

Good Essays
Section 1
“Why I Quit the Klan” is a non-fiction story written by Studs Terkel, which talks about former Ku Klux Klan leader, C.P. Ellis. Ellis was invited, as a Klansman, to join a committee on how to solve racial problems in the school system. This committee included people of all different ethical backgrounds, including African Americans. He reluctantly accepted, however after a few short meetings, he was elected co-chair of the committee, along side of Ann Atwater, an African American woman who had been leading local efforts for civil rights for years. This article shows the internal struggles and hardships that C.P. Ellis went through on his journey to become accepted.
C.P. Ellis had struggled to work all his life, however he could
…show more content…
I found this interesting because it shows the internal struggles that C.P. Ellis went through on a daily basis to feel loved and accepted.
Ellis however lost this sense of support when he joined a committee to make recommendations on how to solve racial problems in the school system. His friends criticized his decisions, saying that he had sold out the white race. He then found a friend in Ann Atawater, an African American civil rights activist. I found this very
Get Access