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Legacy of Hate

Legacy of Hate

Date: Dec 21 2007

Themes: Alternative


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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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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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i know little about kkk,and i have no interest in the it.this class is hard to me and the dialogue is so fast that i can't keep up with

05:53 AM Dec 21 2007 |



if only the racisms all change their minds

05:52 AM Dec 21 2007 |



Kenapa ini macam tahi, sangat bodoh lah, tiada orang ingat macam ini?

05:38 AM Dec 21 2007 |



How can I get the audio materials? I mean , where can I download them?

05:26 AM Dec 21 2007 |



       I cannt understand completely !It is hard for me.

05:25 AM Dec 21 2007 |




05:08 AM Dec 21 2007 |



I just thought the KKK is one of the famous Triad organization in USA.But it turned out to be wrongThis communication is still hard for me to understand ,a high school student

04:39 AM Dec 21 2007 |




It is a part of history. But it's really a serious problem instead of an interest or funny thing. 

04:37 AM Dec 21 2007 |






04:30 AM Dec 21 2007 |





03:36 AM Dec 21 2007 |



Ihe the past, i just know a little about the KKK ,now ,i konw better

03:21 AM Dec 21 2007 |




At any period of history, there were always some people own some priviliges. As time goes on it cant be accepted by the people or society, then they are losing it gradully. But these people didnt want to take their fate, and jump out to oppose the popular and society. If they harmed the society or popular or individuals, they commited crimes. So actually, I think they are just a group of normal criminals, no difference with other murderers or thiefts.

03:17 AM Dec 21 2007 |




anti-communism, anti-Semitism??? It sounds funny…

In our country, i think the biggest fascist group  is Taiwanese Independence Activists , led by Shui-bian, who is always a trouble-maker..

Finally we will see their end, beacause crime never ever pay.

02:15 AM Dec 21 2007 |




I actually thought the KKK was just part of the history. Pretty interesting.

01:44 AM Dec 21 2007 |

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