Despite the civil rights amendments being passed over 40 years ago, racism continues to thrive in America. A good example of this is the southern-based organization called the Ku Klux Klan. Is the KKK a serious threat to our society or is it just another group made out to scare people? Started after the civil war by six confederate Army Generals (Wade, 33). The KKK was originally made to scare black people so they wouldn’t push for equal rights. When the KKK began to loose the battle it switched from scare to kill. The KKK continued to swell picking up angry white men and women who had any kind of grudges against blacks.
Because of the ratification of the 13th amendment, ending slavery in the south, the KKK emerged with a cause that has yet to be put to rest…the rise of white power. Although slavery was abolished, racism was not. Because the government had started recognizing African Americans as more than just slaves, the Klan decided they would have to take matters into their own hands. They felt extremely betrayed by the U.S. government. Once claimed, "The KKK movement provided for the people of the south the leadership and rallying point to begin their arduous struggle to regain their lost dignity and indeed, the values of Western Civilization." They began their protest by lynching, tar and feathering, whipping, beating, and killing African Americans in the south. Because Blacks had been given rights, the Klan felt it was their duty to prevent the former slaves from using them.
For years, the harassment from the KKK was successful. Until the civil rights movement of the 60\'s, it seemed as if the Ku Klux Klan had achieved their goal. The Klan rose again, even stronger than before with hundreds more people joining their “movement”. The Klan doesn\'t use the same tactics as they did years and years ago. Realizing they would get more attention using intelligent words as opposed to violence, the Klan changed their image. Although they continue to burn crosses in front of Black\'s homes and churches, their reasoning behind it sounds harmless. The KKK says, “The fiery cross is used as a Klan symbol representing the ideals of Christian Civilization. In no way does it represents the desecration of the cross, for it actually represents the \'lighting of the cross\', that is, the truth and the light of our sacred doctrine: the blazing spirit of Western Christian Civilization.” Now, the KKK holds peaceful protests in front of civil rights organization buildings, the White House, and so on. Because of their peaceful and more educated sounding approach, the Klan gets more positive attention from unintelligent southerners. As once said, “the Ku Klux Klan is not merely a \'social association\', but a dynamic, crusading white movement of world-historical perspective seeking the establishment of White Christian Political Self Determination.”
Throughout history, the Ku Klux Klan has attempted to prevent the equality of America. They will continue to flourish by persuading more uneducated Americans to join them. It is true that racism still exists in the United States, but there will always be men and women of every color fighting against groups like the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan is nothing but a racist, ignorant, and bigoted hate group, and will never amount to more than just that.
We can’t deny the fact that the aim of the KKK was to destroy any chance of African-Americans gaining political, social, or economic equality, and their methods were terror and violence. The Klan burned, whipped, tortured, mutilated, beat, and/or shot anyone, African-American or white, Northern or Southern, male or female, who stood between them and their goal of white supremacy and African-American subjugation. Most Klan members are use to committing serious crimes and many of the crimes are horrifically brutal in nature. Like political terror elsewhere, the "night rides" of the Klan were not only intended to silence their victims, but to inspire terror in anyone who opposed the Klan’s agenda. Torture and mutilation prior to murder were common, and family members were often forced to watch the proceedings.
The victims of these crimes were not generally the "lawless Negroes" that Klansmen, past and present, claim. While it is certain that some of