The Ku Klux Klan as a Terrorist Group
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This paper explains that the Ku Klux Klan developed a complex social dogma about the racial inferiority of African-Americans and later of Communist, Catholics, Jews and immigrant groups to justify their use of propaganda and terror against these people. Next, the author describes the three periods of the Klan's reign of terror, which were always masked as a social crusade. The paper states that, today, the Klan, which still thrives on its ideology of racism, more and more seeks to capture power through fear-based propaganda within the framework of the recognized political system by packaging its leaders as ordinary American citizens who are simply fighting for what is theirs.
From the Paper:"African-Americans, as well, were moving into politics, business, and national culture. The Klan found renewed strength in the disaffected of this new age. Klan leader David Duke increased his local Klan membership from a few hundred to a few thousand by building on the racist theories of other hate groups. In particular, Duke barraged his membership with Nazi literature that was presented in a crusading spirit. He also concentrated on making the Klan a respectable organization, once more resorting to the old tactic of presenting its hate-filled views as but one more example of the broad freedoms available under the United States Constitution."
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