The Ku Klux Klan: Then and Now

The video KKK-Then and Now discusses the activities of the Ku Klux Klan, since the turn of the 20th century (“KKK: Then And Now | National Geographic” 2008). At a time, rapid industrialization and urbanization were taking place in America, and the influx of Jews and Catholic Immigrants from Europe was taking place. The country’s economic landscape was changing. All over sudden, the Klan depicted the influx of immigrants into the country claiming that they threatened the American Values. With a deluded ideology, the group was growing big, from a few hundreds to four million by the 1920s. Though the Klan purports to protect the white supremacy and preserve the “American values,” their use of violence, intimidation, and acts of terror against those of different ideologies qualify as criminal activity and only through the intervention can such a society be defeated.

As the video depicts, the Klan membership was declining through the 1930s and 1940s, which in my opinion, is due to their values having not been threatened. As evident, civil rights movement against white supremacy, in the civil rights era, led to their resurgence, as they viewed it as a threat to the white supremacy. Their use of violence is condemnable, though, as they opposed every opposing opinion with terror, and even the public saw how cruel such a group could be.

The Infiltration of the Klan by the FBI was necessary. As a law agency, stopping such a group that was steadily growing was the only way of preventing further violence. Successfully, they reduced the number to as low as 1,500. However, as seen, such a group can regroup and commence the acts of terror, and it is the responsibility of the law agency to ensure that avenues for their emergence are all blocked and monitored.

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