Rise And Fall Of The KKK Essay

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Rise And Fall Of The KKK

The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,
Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" - Thomas Jefferson (Cultural Racism 1)

This excerpt from the Declaration of independence specifically stated that all men are
created equal, but that is contradiction to the governments decisions.

The Ku Klux Klan founded in 1865 by William Nathan Bedford a former confederate general,
began a campaign of terror against free blacks and their white supporters. The KKK had a
wide array of uneducated people because their main incentive was to recruit young,
homeless, and mindless children to follow in their footsteps and become a member of the
KKK. In many instances Klan members were

taught the KKK did not believe that blacks were capable of the necessary decision making
in life, they thought that Blacks were sub-human(Student Handbook 316).

The KKK had many wrong beliefs, like that Blacks were not capable of decision making,
recruiting young children who did not know better to become members of the KKK, that they
were above the law in many instances. On the other hand very few Klan members were
educated to know what they were in the Klan for, like David Duke.

I believe in white supremacy until blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I
don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgement to
irresponsible people.

John Wayne
Interview in Playboy Magazine, May 1971 (Cuturla Racism 2)

White supremacy served as the basis for the organization of the Ku Klux Klan, despite
slaves and white abolitionists. The KKK blames the abundance of ethnic

groups for their misfortunes. The Supreme Court ruled many times that no slave had any
rights as a free man. Either their plantation owners or high-ranking officials determined
the exploitation and way of life. Whenever a slave escaped it was the right of the owner
to reclaim its property (Hamm 27).

The whites in the KKK then wanted to become the ultimate race and would do almost anything
to do that, an example would be that their main incentive was to go out and recruit young,
homeless, and mindless children from the streets to follow in their footsteps. The Klan
was extremely hungry for prosperity. The best way to promote the growth of an organization
like this is they would have to search for members (Wade 257).

The Klan does not just recruit kids but they also kidnap kids to make "Honorary Members" of the Klan.
Many of the Klan members we know today are men that have a low education if any. The
reason is that the Klan obtained the children when they were little, and they did not go
to school because they did not know better. There are many crimes

that are committed by the Klan in which they are caught, which means that they are not
educated enough to make decisions (Richards 82).

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