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Legacy of Hate

Legacy of Hate

Date: Dec 21 2007

Themes: Alternative


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Americans have to be careful when they want to dress up in a ghost costume. What could be risky about cutting a couple of eye holes in a white sheet and throwing it over your head? Well, if the sheet is too pointy, you might be mistaken for a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

After the black slaves were freed at the end of the Civil War in 1865, the KKK formed as a fraternal organization to oppose people non-whites and non-Christians, often violently. Their white robes and pointed hoods became symbols of hate and fear.

The group was outlawed for a time, but became very strong in the 1920s. There were as many as 5 million members of the group, some of whom famously terrorized black people and Jews with burning crosses and lynchings.

Though racism has thankfully been on the decline in the last few decades, the KKK surprisingly still exists. It’s now a political party that doesn’t advocate violence or hate, but small, independent groups of the KKK still promote racism.


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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Amanda:  So did you know that there are actually 150 chapters of the KKK in the United States? About 8,000 active members today.

Marni:  I did not.

Amanda:  How does that make you feel?

Marni:  Well it’s kind of shocking. You know, I’d like to think that a racist organization such as the Ku Klux Klan is not longer in operation, but apparently 8,000 people still believe in it.

Amanda:  Absolutely and for whatever reason, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, that’s the hub.

Marni:  The Northwest of America.

Amanda:  They were told that that was the part that would be the most welcoming, back in the day.

Marni:  Interesting. It seems like it was originally in the South and then it sort of spread…

Amanda:  That’s right, it spread all into the Northwest.

Marni:  So I feel like I’ve sort of detached myself from the KKK

Amanda:  That’s a good thing!

Marni:  Well, obviously I’ve never subscribed to their belief system, but 8,000 people still believing in it. Do they still don the white robes and do that ritualistic…

Amanda:  They do, and they have their marches, I don’t want to call them parades, that’s a little positive, but they have their marches, they have their congregations and meetings in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. There is quite the following still with the literature and the brochures and the meetings and they have their little programs…

Marni:  Okay, so are they tied in to skinheads at all?

Amanda:  They are. So it’s Aryan Nation, white supremacy, homophobia, you name it, anti-communism, anti-Semitism. A lot of antis. Very negative.



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Amanda and Marni are surprised that there are still thousands of members of the KKK in the United States, many of them in Northwest, which is where Amanda and Marni live.

Marni asks if the KKK is connected to skinheads. Amanda says they’re all part of the Aryan Nation, which is a group that supports white supremacy. That’s only partially true. Some skinheads and clan members aren’t racists.

Did you know about KKK? Are there fascist groups in your country?
Interesting Fact: Several religious groups in Spain use pointed hoods in various colors including white for parades and rituals. These groups predate the KKK by hundreds of years, and many Spanish people are unaware of the Klan and their similar clothes.



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have a test  of  cet4    hard ! only  do a composition i  lost all my enthusiasm 


05:52 AM Dec 23 2007 |



It's very hard for me to learn the Englsh lesson ,there are so many new words.I should study as quickly as possible.I will be try my best hard to learn though I often makes mistakes.I think the best way to  learn English is by using it,the most important thing is to practise more.Anywany,the more  you speak,the fewer mistakes you'll make.

03:14 AM Dec 23 2007 |



This is my first reading the test of the Ebaby.Of course I have a little difficulty in understanding it.Iknow there are many a secret club all around the world with a aim of unkonwn.

02:22 AM Dec 23 2007 |



what's kkk?i don't konw anything about it.i have never heared it.can you explain more about it.thank you

11:44 PM Dec 22 2007 |



its very interesting but i suggest racism must be discaurage.

09:35 PM Dec 22 2007 |



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3 mistake i had in a test.

09:33 PM Dec 22 2007 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

lesson one wasn't bad , what do you think?

09:26 PM Dec 22 2007 |



I wish i could do well next time.

09:00 PM Dec 22 2007 |



Thanks,since I read this article, I know better about KKK. I do think this website is helpful for our English learners.Hope I will go on surfing it.

07:41 AM Dec 22 2007 |




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07:40 AM Dec 22 2007 |



right said lady . but all the countries should make such an organisation which should hav a close eye on these type of bl**y organisation which disturb the proples normal living…...

07:07 AM Dec 22 2007 |




sounds novel.

crimianl gang.

06:18 AM Dec 22 2007 |



It is a nomal phenomenon that has some antis in a free and democratic nation, the point is they have to be under a law of country. I believe most of them are negative, but it is also possible to have some positive antis to push a government to change some policies that are not proper and good to their people.

05:45 AM Dec 22 2007 |



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I want to study  English.

04:27 AM Dec 22 2007 |

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I don’t know what is the KKK before reading the lesson,now I know it.

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03:21 AM Dec 22 2007 |




There are many hard words to learn, but it is good to know part of this kind of serious knowlege

03:19 AM Dec 22 2007 |

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