Hill's Document, Klan Violence Against Blacks
The Klan wanted him to stop preaching and giving other black people hope. Making other black people feel as if they are worth more than they are seen as. The Ku-Klux sees it as black people “stepping out of place.” A place that was made for them, a place they needed to sit quietly in. I believe Hill wasn’t killed because of the large impact he had on other black people. They knew people trusted him and his word, so they felt they would get more out of him if they got him to denounce what he’s been saying, rather than killing him and probably getting a negative reaction.
The Klan was concerned because Hill was giving black people hope. Hill advocated for children of color getting an education. He helped out the children in the communities by educating them, and the other people of color by helping them “conduct business” (Hill 19). A lot of whites in that time felt black people didn’t need or deserve an education, and knew if they had it they’d expect and want more.
Brutal violence was used to scare Hill into submission. A threat saying “abide by my rules or else.” Others have been treated like this before, Hill …show more content…
This was an era of “Native white protestant revival” a movement for native white Protestants only, women included. They felt “Americanism” was being threatened by minorities. Their goal was to save the white race and make a more “homogeneous America.” They didn’t only target black people anymore but added Jews, Catholics, and immigrants to the list. They pushed out a lot of propaganda films painting black men as “sex-crazed beasts who just need to be tamed” and the KKK as America’s patriotic savor. New Klan members weren’t just common men, they also were being elected into the government. They were bigger and more powerful than the Old Klan. After many scandals and the great depression, Klan numbers dwindled