Hate Crimes- the Ku Klux Klan

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Hate Crimes of the Ku Klux Klan
Jade Schmidt
February 9, 2014
Stanley Weiss

Hate Crimes of the Ku Klux Klan
This is a history of hate in America- not the natural discord that characterizes a democracy, but the wild, irrational, killing hate that led men and women throughout our history. Extreme violence against others simply because of their race, nationality, religion or lifestyle (The Southern Poverty, 2011). The Ku Klux Klan is a white supremacist group, founded in 1866 created after the south lost the Civil War. The Ku Klux Klan was started by Confederate soldiers who did not believe that the newly freed blacks should have the same rights as whites. As a first membership rule of the Ku Klux Klan was, the potential member of the Ku Klux Klan could only be a native born, white protestant U.S. male. The Ku Klux Klan is classified as a hate group, causing murders, arson, rapes, and shootings against blacks and any other minority that they do not view as racially pure. The Ku Klux Klan was once one of the most feared groups in the South and is still a very well-known group across the world.
Founding and Early History of the Ku Klux Klan
In December 1865 a group of men came together to organize a social club. All were veterans of the war and had attended college where most were members of a frat group while attending college. There were several groups, such as Men of Justice, the Pale Faces, the White Brotherhood, and the Order of the White Rose, that came together to form the group now known as the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan was formed in May of 1866 as the north was repairing the many issues that arose after the Civil War and also when there was virtually no government in the south, there was a fear of black outrages. Their original intentions were innocent, but their appearance alone struck fear and panic within the community. The Ku Klux Klan…...

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