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The KKK Today

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Katy Merchant

on 3 November 2015

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The KKK Today
What is the KKK?
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there
are active chapters in 41 U.S. states with between 5,000 and 8,000 active members, Examples range from local groups, such as the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Tennessee, to national organizations like the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is the largest Klan organization in the country, based in Harrison, Arkansas, and is also known as the Knight;s Party. The national director is Thomas Robb.
How does the KKK Connect to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?
Despite the actual name not being used in the novel, the group and it's ideals are included in
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
. The "night riders" in the book, through inference and knowledge of history, are men who are members and believe in the KKK. An example of the KKK in the book is when the Barry's are tracked down and burned alive. 2 of the men were killed and one was permanently handicapped due to the burns. They were falsely accused and treated this way because of their black skin color. Another part where these men show their beliefs in in the 11th chapter of the book when they raid the Avery house in a large group, screaming their racial thoughts and torturing and treating the Avery family like they are worthless beings. These were actions that made the KKK notorious.
http://aattp.org/this-map-shows-you-how-many-active-kkk-groups-are-in-your-area-map/
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What are the remains of the KKK today?
The KKK is the abbreviated nickname of the group the Ku
Klux Klan founded in 1866. It was a ''klan" of white supremacy
and racial terror. The KKK mainly showed resistance against the
Republican Party's goals of political and economic equality
for blacks. Their iconic white hoods, flowing sheets, and fiery
crosses remain as racial symbols in many minds to this day
because of their impact on the United States.


According to the Business Insider, many current members of these chapters are looking to be part of an exclusively white organization that opposes homosexuality, interracial relationships, and illegal immigration. Groups today take part in things such as the annual congress, called the Faith and Freedom Conference, and some host rallies though avoid public confrontation. While many associate the KKK with the south, modern day chapters are located all over the United States.
Sources
http://blog.oup.com/2015/01/klansville-usa-david-cunningham-ku-klux-klan/

http://www.history.com/topics/ku-klux-klan

http://www.businessinsider.com/anthony-karens-photos-of-the-modern-day-ku-klux-klan-2014-4

some images through the Prezi Google Images search
Why are people part of the KKK now, and what do they participate in?
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