Feb. 10, 2018

The Klu Klux Klan

by Harlan Richards (author's profile)

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HARLAN RICHARDS

February 5, 2018

The Klu Klux Klan

Before reading about the Jim Crow south, I had a misconception about the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). I believed that they acted primarily to inflict vigilante justice on unruly blacks—those who caused problems that the police couldn't effectively address. As wrong as this is, it is not as destructive as what really occurred.

The KKK went after good, law-abiding blacks who became too successful. They didn't focus their attacks on renegade blacks. They went after any black man or woman who was able to start a business, run a prosperous farm, or do anything else that showed that black people were as good as (and often better than) their white neighbors.

Instead of being a misguided attempt to prevent anarchy and lawlessness in the post-Reconstruction South, the KKK was a pernicious evil. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.

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Cavak Posted 8 months, 1 week ago. ✓ Mailed 7 months, 3 weeks ago   Favorite
Don't forget the Freedom Riders too, the black and white civil right activists who were beaten by an angry mob of KKK in 1961.

You could really plug that sort of thinking into anything that the KKK considered a threat, really. Claims that a right or an achievement "weren't really deserved by ____". Roman Catholics, Jews, organized labor in any form, and any foreigner of any sort—all targets of the KKK by the 1910s.

Makes me gloomy, but knowing that you know more about them lightens me up a little.

Harlan Richards Posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago.   Favorite
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