Ku Klux Klan Racism

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Ku Klux Klan: The Most Racist Organization

Throughout the United States’ long history there have been many terrible times. One major cause of these terrible times was because of racism. The Ku Klux Klan was one of the reasons it led to this racism. The Ku Klux Klan had a negative influence in the United States from the start of their organization, to the leaders, and all of the events they held.
Every organization, good or bad, had to start somewhere. The Ku Klux Klan started in Pulaski, Tennessee in 1865 and 1866 (Extremism in America). It was founded by six college students who were former confederate Civil War officers. The Ku Klux Klan derived from the Greek word “kyklos”, meaning circle (Britannica School). The Klan was known for their
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As the Ku Klux Klan grew so did the amount of violence (Extremism in America). The “law and order” was bad, as well as the rank and file system. The Great Depression, in 1929, divided the Klan into dozens of small independent realms and the membership greatly decreased. In 1944, the last remaining members temporarily disbanded (Britannica School). The last world recognized Imperial Wizard was Dr. Samuel Green who died in 1949 (Extremism in America). Tons of bombings, whippings, and shooting occurred in the South, which were carried out by a few Klansmen in secret (Britannica School). President Lyndon B. Johnson publicly denounced the Ku Klux Klan nationwide on the television. Four Klansmen were arrested for slaying a civil rights worker, a white woman, in Alabama. The Klan violence became more isolated as the membership decreased down to just a few thousand (Britannica …show more content…
One of the Klans was the Church of the National Knights, an older group, which was based in Osceola, Indiana (Extremism in America). They held many rallies in 2006 in Pauline, South Carolina which was organized by the Grand Dragon Joshua Fowler. They became very active in the Southern states, where they once again held a rally for anti-immigration in Russelville, Alabama. They had about 50 members march. Even the head of the National Knights, Ray Larsen, came to speak at events in hopes to get rid of the Mexicans. The Mississippi White Knights were also big on holding rallies. They held one, along with a cross burning, in Itawamba County. They held a recruiting event in Amory, Mississippi to attract new members. Many of these groups never lasted long without it disbanding or fragmenting. Although some remained strong when they had a shared leader who had many loyal followers (Extremism in

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