There is a strange phenomenon taking place in America and around the world. Specifically, America where they have spent trillions in its war on terror, yet turned a blind eye to the terrorist right here at home. They claim the Muslims are the enemy, but the Klan has terrorized the nation unimpeded for a hundred and fifty years. In fact, during the periods of their existence Presidents, Judges, lawmakers, and people of all stripes have been members. Even a few black people so they say!
This terrorist group more commonly known as the KKK was founded in 1866 and extended into almost every southern state by 1870. It became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic inequality for blacks, and other nonwhites. Its members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and used violence directed at and to intimidate the newly freed slaves.
Although Congress passed legislation designed to curb Klan terrorism, the organization saw its primary goal, the reestablishment of white supremacy, fulfilled through Democratic victories in state legislatures across the South in the 1870s. After a period of decline, white Protestant nativist groups revived the Klan in the early 20th century, burning crosses and staging rallies, parades and marches denouncing immigrants, Catholics, Jews, blacks and organized labor.
The civil rights movement of the 1960s also saw a surge of Klu Klux Klan activity, including bombings of black schools, churches, and violence against black and white activists in the South. I want to clarify something here and remind you the “anywhere south of Canada is in the south.” With the shield of government sanction, this group practiced and got away with murder throughout its existence.
During the civil rights era of the 1960s, the government was able “by any means necessary” to end and destroy black movements. Yet, they seem not to be able to end the Klan’s reign of terror in over a hundred years. Perfect example, the Black Panthers, were removed in about five or six years. Martin was killed ending that movement. In fact, the FBI said this civil rights movement was the most dangerous threat to national security.
They infiltrated all of the black organization, and I believe sort of tried to infiltrate the Klan too. We know there were informants, and law enforcement people present during many of the crimes the Klan committed. Let me go back to my opening; statistics show that twice as many crimes are committed today as by the Middle East terrorist groups. But I would argue that the Klan is far more dangerous to those they oppose than the Arab terrorists because of their efforts to maintain white supremacy.
The question then becomes ‘WHY’ has this violent group managed to survive nearly unchecked for more than a century. The current manifestation is splintered into several chapters with no connection to each other; it is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Today, these groups are estimated that to be around 10,000 known members.
So, if you think the Klan is dead – think again! They use other words like the alt-right, but they are alive and well. Maybe the nation should take a closer look in its own backyard and keep its nose out of everyone else’s affairs. Let me say, if secrecy means hiding beneath a sheet it’s a cowardly strategy! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…