Ku Klux Kl Witnessing Racial Violence In African Americans

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Throughout history, African Americans have been the victims of countless hate crimes; starting from when they were captured from Africa and sold into slavery, to the twenty-first century. After they were emancipated from slavery, African Americans faced racial discrimination that led to many brutal deaths. In the image above, an African American man named Frank McManus is being lynched in front of a mob. McManus was accused of raping a four-year-old girl and was arrested and placed in holding. Before his trial, an angry mob had formed outside his cell. The mob stormed the jailhouse, took McManus and hung him from a tree (“The Lynching of Frank McManus”). Lynching was a common occurrence during this time period and many white people participated …show more content…
The KKK is a white supremacist group that dedicated itself to performing acts of violence against African Americans and those who supported them. To be apart of the Klan, a person must be white and practice Christianity. Many believe that the KKK justified their killings with religion. In her book, Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890–1940, Amy Louise Wood writes,
Christianity was the primary lens through which most southerners conceptualized and made sense of suffering and death of any sort. It would be inconceivable that they could inflict pain and torment on the bodies of black men without imagining that violence as a religious act, laden with Christian symbolism and significance. (Wood, 48).
The religious affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan and their actions caused issues during the Reconstruction Era. Before the African Americans were freed from slavery, they practiced their religion in private, slowly merging African and American cultures. Once they were emancipated, they created a separate church where they could find refuge from the prejudices they faced every day (“The Black Church”). Since groups like the Ku Klux Klan were justifying their actions with religion, it was easier for the African Americans at this time period to create their own churches where they could be themselves and feel
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They were denied of their right to vote. White people would intimidate and attempt to discourage black people from voting by using violence and extremely difficult literacy tests. African Americans who would try to vote were beaten and sometimes killed. On some occasions, their families and homes were harmed. The literacy tests that were given to African Americans were designed for them to fail. If one answer was wrong, it was an immediate fail (“Voting Rights for Blacks and Poor Whites in the Jim Crow South). Another measure taken to prevent black people from voting was The Louisiana Grandfather Clause. This was an addition to the Jim Crow Laws that restricted African Americans. The Grandfather Clause stated that if a person was illiterate and didn’t own property, they were able to vote if their fathers or grandfathers had voted before 1867. It was designed to help illiterate white citizens it was of no help to the African Americans because they weren’t able to vote before 1867 (“(1898) Louisiana Grandfather

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