How Did The Ku Klux Klan Impact The Civil Rights Movement

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The KKK, known as the Ku Klux Klan. Founded officially on the 24th December 1865, one of Americas most feared groups. The Klan successfully achieved a huge membership and exceeded 4 million people. Only having eyes for one culture, being purely racist with no room for equality. The Ku Klux Klan fought to oppose the rights of the African Americans, with the main focus in the civil rights era where it was a major problem. How did the KKK impact the civil rights movement and did they stop the movement? The KKK used violence to make people fear them, they infiltrated police forces and other high end positions to further help their cause. But with this the Ku Klux Klan still failed to stop the movement which was finally completely successful in …show more content…
The KKK made a lot of people fear them and created a fearful climate that stopped people from voting against what they believed, Killing thousands of Americans through torture. Lynching played a huge factor in how the KKK went about murder, it became a popular way for them kill free blacks and those in support of them. In 1961 a freedom ride was set out to call for change and make a statement, they were met with a lot of violence and hatred causing a lot of fear, local police refused to get involved. Risking their lives for a movement that was very beneficial in supporting the civil rights movement. June 21-22, 1964 three civil rights workers had been abducted and murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi which has been since been called the freedom summer murders. The workers James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner had been working on the freedom summer event, attempting to prepare and register African Americans to vote for the civil rights movement. These young man were chased down in their car, taken and shot at close range and eventually buried by the KKK. The use of violence and aggression created a feared climate and stopped certain people from voting which helped the KKK in their …show more content…
Through the 1960’s a major component of their campaign was to kill/take out many civil rights workers. In 1963 a man named Medgar Evans was directly attacked outside his house, the KKK were involved with this brutal murder. Medgar Evans was an African American man who was a civil rights activist from Mississippi, he worked to gain social justice and voting rights. Medgar was a massive and important influence on the civil rights movement, if the Ku Klux Klan was to take him out it would only do good for their campaign. Later they discovered the murderer, who was Byron De La Beckwith who was not sentenced until 3 decades later. The Klan have no regard and completely disrespected the law in their ruthless ways. In 1964 a march that started and ended in Montgomery, once again the people of the Selma march were directly attacked and stopped by racial groups. The march was resisted with violence and a direct force of attack trying to bring fear to the movement.
During the Civil rights movements, one of the main focuses for the KKK were to infiltrate police departments and become members of the police force. Using that position to their advantage and in some states potentially hiding cases/murders and crimes that there fellow KKK members committed. The KKK successfully established a culture in not just police departments but the entire criminal justice system, not just in the criminal justice system, but also paramedics, judges

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