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1 theheat  Fri, Nov 25, 2011 1:12:51pm
“People will come to understand the brutality of what was a domestic terrorist organization.”

Perhaps more important is people realize there are variations of the Klan operating across the nation, openly on the internet, and in little pockets of Anytown USA. Worse, there is a movement toward racism and racist sympathizers since Obama’s election; it seems every day there’s a new dog whistle being blown. This isn’t just a thing of the past, like dinosaur bones.

2 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Nov 25, 2011 2:27:05pm

re: #1 theheat

Perhaps more important is people realize there are variations of the Klan operating across the nation, openly on the internet, and in little pockets of Anytown USA. Worse, there is a movement toward racism and racist sympathizers since Obama’s election; it seems every day there’s a new dog whistle being blown. This isn’t just a thing of the past, like dinosaur bones.

True, but the Klan has a long history, 96 years old from its ‘rebirth’ in 1915. When an organization is that old, even if its evil (as the KKK clearly is) it is worth learning about its history and internal rituals and organization. To fight a foe, you need to understand that foe.

3 OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin  Fri, Nov 25, 2011 2:51:05pm

It’s even more important to recognize the ways it still persists, especially within general white conservative supremacism that, uh, birthed the Klan in the first place. Whites-first, whites-rule social norms and laws are foundational to a lot more than just the Ku Klux Klan.

4 nines09  Fri, Nov 25, 2011 3:47:42pm

By actually seeing a KKK robe maybe some will see that the reason the robes were worn was to terrorize. You did not know who was behind that mask. That being one reason, secrecy and cowardice others. Men will do horrible things when joined by hatred and fear. Could be your mechanic. Could be your doctor. Could be your mayor. Could be anyone.


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