The KKK and how it\’s influence spread
White supremacists were undertaking a reign of terror in the south during the time of election of Ulysses S. Grant to the presidency. Democrats in the south, in outright defiance of the Republican federal government, formed organizations, groups that violently intimidated Republicans and blacks who attempted to hold any political position.
Ku Klux Klan is one of the most prominent of these organizations formed in the south (David, 1987). Ku Klux Klan is a racial secret society that is founded on violence and hatred. It had claims that it stands for law-abiding activities and rallies. However, the Klan has been known as an organization with hypocritical view throughout its existence.
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In the middle of 70s, an independent faction in Louisiana led by David Duke, a recent graduate from Louisiana State University, attracted new recruits across the nation. There were also thousands of Klansmen affiliated with Ku Klux Klan that persisted elsewhere. In the 80s and 90s, the anti-Semitism and militant racism of these Klansmen brought them to a close relationship with other organizations such as the Aryan Nations and other neo-Nazi factions.
In a 1987 parade led by Hosea Williams celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in all white Forsyth County instigated violent counteractions by two organizations of Klan. The violent counteraction led to a court order in 1993 that forced the disbandment of the group (Nancy, 1994).
David M. C. (1987). Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan 3d ed., Durham,
N.C.: Duke University Press.