Ku Klux Klan Makes A Comeback

Shaelyn Williams, Staff Writer

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The KKK reunites in Charlottesville

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the KKK, the KKK is a “secret” hate group targeted at African Americans and other minority groups. They originated in southern states and have been effective for several years after the civil war. Their main goal was to overthrow the newly acquired rights of African Americans. The KKK are responsible for many lawless and violent matters. Such as assaulting and killing thousands of blacks, burning homes, schools, churches, and even stole live stock. They took a great liking to mask and robes that hid their identities as they did most of their crimes at night.

The KKK has been around since the Civil War, but they died down a little before the 21st century. However, recently they have been spotted coming together in groups in Charlottesville and elsewhere. They don’t wear their typical uniforms but they raise their confederate flags high.

Why Charlottesville?

Some of you may be curious as to why Charlottesville is the ideal protest site for KKK members. Charlottesville is home to many symbols and monuments of the civil war that represent what they stand for. New Orleans, St. Louis and Austin also house these confederate figures.

Recent events

  • February 27, 2016 violence broke out at a white-power rally.
  • August 2016 KKK and other white supremacist came together in Georgia to set a cross and Nazi swastika on fire.
  • July 8, 2017 a KKK rally in Charlottesville had about 50 members and or supporters. This rally took place around the statue of confederate army General Robert E. Lee.
  • July 9, 2017 23 arrested and tear gas deployed after KKK rally in Virginia.
  • August 12, 2017 KKK members joined together with neo-Nazis, white nationalist and members of the “alt-right” for a “unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Violence did take place at this rally.

 Closing

The world we live in today is filled with prejudice and stereotypes, ones we cannot escape. Race is one of the biggest issues in today’s world. We are often judged by the color of our skin, rather than who we are as a person. Racism has been going on for years – it’s inevitable. Racism is taught, some grow up with hatred for others around them and judge people based on their skin color. Some teach their kids to be this way, and the cycle goes on. Why does my race determine what I can and cannot do?  Why should my race determine who I am as a whole person?  Color does not define me, what defines me is my character, my words, my knowledge, what I can do, my accomplishments, and the list goes on. Racism is one of the world’s biggest issues.

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Park, Madison. “Why White Nationalists Are Drawn to Charlottesville.” CNN, Cable News Network, 12 Aug. 2017, www.cnn.com/2017/08/11/us/charlottesville-white-nationalists-rally-why/index.html.

“Ku Klux Klan.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 23 Sept. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan

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Ku Klux Klan Makes A Comeback