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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
They were groups of white men that started right after the Civil War, based on the slave patrols that had existed, for the purpose of victimizing the newly freed black people (and sympathizers).
The slave patrols were legal at the time they existed. The KKK operated outside the law, so were more brutal and violent.
Its primary goal from the start was to re-establish white supremacy. It declined for a while, then revved up again in the early 20th Century by white Protestants, and broadened its targets to include not just blacks, but also Catholics, Jews, foreigners, and organized labor.
Ku Klux Klan - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.comFOUNDING OF THE KU KLUX KLAN
A group including many former Confederate veterans founded the first branch of the Ku Klux Klan as a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1866. The first two words of the organization’s name supposedly derived from the Greek word “kyklos,” meaning circle. In the summer of 1867, local branches of the Klan met in a general organizing convention and established what they called an “Invisible Empire of the South.” Leading Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest was chosen as the first leader, or “grand wizard,” of the Klan; he presided over a hierarchy of grand dragons, grand titans and grand cyclopses.
There was also apparently a particular relationship with South Carolina:
Klan activity flourished particularly in the regions of the South where blacks were a minority or a small majority of the population, and was relatively limited in others. Among the most notorious zones of Klan activity was South Carolina, where in January 1871 500 masked men attacked the Union county jail and lynched eight black prisoners.
They are/were a domestic terrorist organization. The IRA was/is a terrorist organization, too. Then there was that group that Terry Nichols & the guy who blew up the OK fed. bldg...what was his name? Anyway, they belonged to a domestic terrorist organization.
People forget in this day of Islamic terrorists that we have had others from across the world before. Although I think we'd agree that the Islamic terrorists have taken it to new heights.