The Ku Klux Klan
By Lucas Tooth and Simon Scoles


The terrorist organization we have chosen to investigate is the Klu Klux Klan, or the KKK, in the Southern United States of America. The Klan is a terrorist group that have been stereotyped as “a group of uneducated, dumb, trailerpark, tabacco-chewing, pot-bellied, beer drinking, truck driving hillbillies” , as quoted by a current Klan leader. The Klan has a long-lasting reputation of discrimination and extremism towards non-whites, a view that is not taken by the Klan itself.
The Klu Klux Klan see themselves as merely in existence for equal rights, and not against Blacks, in fact they see Blacks as the racists. They say that they are not white supremacists, just Christian White separatists seeking equality.
The Klan have been in existence for nearly 150 years, with changing motives and group strength. The goals and motives have changed over time and the KKK today is much different than the Klan of the past. The period of the KKK’s long existence that we have chosen to study is the mid 20th century because it shows the Klan at their most active and influential stage.


What is terrorism?
The CIA defines terrorism as the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a Government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

Do the KKK fit this definition?
The Klu Klux Klan are not seen by themselves or most of the American population as a typical terrorist organization, but their activities and beliefs run in accordance with the definition of terrorism. The Klan have terrorised communities by burning churches and murdering innocent people to intimidate and coerce the civilian population in furtherance of political and social objectives.


How and where did they start?
The concept of the Klan began in 1865 in Tennessee, in the south of America with six men who called themselves the Jolly Six, led by an old Confederate General. It was a fraternal organization that helped widows and children that had suffered during the Confederate War. They settled local disputes and their intentions were completely un-racial and in no way related to Blacks. As the group elevated and refined, the Klu Klux Klan emerged on a mission to protect the Southern States from its enemies and keep it ‘pure’.
The main organizations of KKK are located in the southern states of America, although there are smaller Klan groups in other countries across the world, including a few groups here in Australia. Although these international groups are much smaller and less aggressive, their presence is often felt.

What do they do?
Over the years the Klan has made many terrorist attacks on communities such as church burnings, riots, lynchings and murders. One of the most brutal of these attacks, and one that is imprinted in the minds of thousands of American’s was the murder of Emmet Till. Emmet Till was a young black boy who was brutally killed in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman and the incident was a part of the spark that started the American Civil Rights Movement.

The Klan have been responsible for hundreds of violent gatherings and burnings, many of these during the 1950’s, 60's and 70's. Black churches in Klan areas were regularly burnt to show that the Klan and much of the society did not support the Blacks' faith in god and christianity.


Who supports them and why?
The Klan has several different political identities and each receives different funding and support from different groups and individuals. The two main Klan groups are 'The Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan' which are the smaller of the two and not as blatantly racist as the other. 'The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan' is the largest active group and are openly racist.
The Klan receives a large amount of support from many places, and the majority of their funding is donations. These donations normal citizens that support the KKK's mission and can come from all over the world anonymously.


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What are they trying to achieve?

The Klu Klux Klan were striving to achieve many different goals involving race and culture, although their main focus was the fight for racial purity. The KKK also achieved infamy among many people but for some they were not infamous they were famous. The KKK opposed many different races and religions not just blacks, they rejected all Jews because they rejected God and Hispanic because the followed a different religion, theses two cultures are just a few of the cultures that the KKK oppose because they are not like them and they don’t follow the same beliefs.


How have they changed?
Due to some changes in the Ku Klux Klan, the organization now has new objectives. Leaders of the Klan now say they work to replace the collapsed society and push for the advancement of the White Race. Other objectives of the Klan are to start focusing on the family again and to close the United States borders to stop immigration. The Klan also intends on stopping abortion, reverse discrimination, and welfare for those who do not need it.
The Klan has been outlawed and targeted by governments for many years because of its illegal activity and because of the changing laws and acts the Klan has changed its identity several times. There have been 3 official Klan generations, each lasting a few decades.

1st Klan 1865–1870s
2nd Klan 1915–1944
3rd Klan1 since 1946
1st Klan 550,000
2nd Klan 4,000,000 (1924 Peak)
3rd Klan1 6,000
Origin United States of America
Political ideology White supremacy
White nationalism
Political position far right
The 3rd Klan is decentralized, with approx. 179 chapters.

Obama Denies KKK Funding Charges

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James Joyner | Friday, April 4, 2008

Barack Obama denies accusations that he’s funded by the Ku Klux Klan, Gone Hollywood’s Cara Harrington reports.
“It is completely untrue,” the candidate said.
Given that Obama’s father is black and that he’s spent the last two weeks denying that he hates white people, it seems ridiculous that anyone would accuse him of being backed by a white supremacist group.
But, apparently, one Calvin Broadus, better known as “Snoop Dogg,” is the one leveling the charges. To whit:

He says, “The KKK gave Obama money. They was (sic) one of his biggest supporters… Why wouldn’t they be? The media won’t tell you that. They don’t want you to know that. They just want you to know that this n%*ger befriended this other n*#ger who be (sic) threatening your values. But we all know all presidents lie to get into fking office. That’s they (sic) job.”
Snoop Dogg Says Obama Funded by KKK
Snoop Dogg Says Obama Funded by KKK
However, Dogg insists Obama will still emerge victorious in the October elections. He adds, “In America’s eyes, that muthaf*&ker’s gonna be president ‘cos (John) McCain can’t f#*k with him. Hillary (Clinton) can’t f*#k with him. He’s winning over white people, white ladies.”


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