Ku Klux Klan

Could one of you guys give me a perspective on what's going on with this fanciful cult in the US? Why do they still exist? Are they tolerated? Why are they not labeled as terrorists?

Well, the local Klan house in the town I lived in when I was in Louisiana was only a couple of blocks from the school. The Klan isn''t as active as it was in the early 20th century, it''s mostly a place where ignorant white guys in the South go to reminisce about how much better things were ""back in the day"" and to plan their Confederate protest marches and such.

At least, I have to assume that''s what they do, since that''s what most of the really racist guys I knew back then did, being all caught up in their ""heritage"" and all. Frankly, I don''t think they really know what heritage is, but that''s another story.

Basically, anymore the Klan is a political group, but they don''t really commit any overt terrorism like they used to, because that probably wouldn''t go very far. They are tolerated because even though their philosophies are oppressive, they have the right to express them as long as they don''t hurt anyone else.

"Mex" wrote:

Could one of you guys give me a perspective on what''s going on with this fanciful cult in the US? Why do they still exist? Are they tolerated? Why are they not labeled as terrorists?

Because they are dead. They don''t really do anything but march and make a lot of noise anymore and that isn''t a terrorist activity.

They were sued into oblivion.

They might not be around as much anymore as a distinct entity, but there''s still plenty of racist hare groups around that are just as bad, if not worse. At least the Klan were out where we could keep an eye on them.

"Kriegshund" wrote:

They might not be around as much anymore as a distinct entity, but there''s still plenty of racist hare groups around that are just as bad, if not worse. At least the Klan were out where we could keep an eye on them.

Racist groups have no power or prestige in the US. They are there but no one cares but them selves. It is like when you were little and had a club that was secret to everyone but the members. No one cared but the people in the club.

Yeah, I grew up in Tennessee and while, yes, there are plenty of racists STILL around, from what I saw then and even more these days, the Klan is considered archaic and pretty much on the radical fringe, if not completely off the map.

I read in Maxim''s Useless Facts that KKK had 2 million members 80 years ago and now they have around 4000. Useless Facts, I think not.

I just searched KKK under google.
Their web site is pretty much all propaganda.
Take a look at their FAQ. Pure propaganda...

I believe that racism is irrational and something that only the truly ignorant can follow. I would bet that most Americans would agree with me.

I believe the KKK is currently safe unless they take up smoking or endanger any animals.

I believe that racism is irrational and something that only the truly ignorant can follow. I would bet that most Americans would agree with me.

Sadly there are a great many people who may say they are against racism, but their actions show quite the opposite about them.

Unfortunately, most of my extended family (on both my parents'' sides) are pretty racist, though they claim they aren''t. To me, if you aren''t racist, then you don''t make racist generalizations like ""all those black kids keep coming into the schools and bringing that crime and drugs with them,"" ""those asians keep taking all the computer jobs,"" ""those Republicans keep taking all our money""...

wait, forget the last one there...

*ahem*, anyway, I also have found that while racism is more overt in the South, it''s just as prevalent in the north, only in a more subtle way.

It''d be nice if we could overcome this someday, but it''ll be a while yet.

""those Republicans keep taking all our money""...

That''s right. Republicans aren''t a race. We are a ""Super-Race""...

I think there''s a difference between prejudice, racism, and even just generalization. A lot of ""racism"" is miscategorized, in my opinion. If I see a young black man in full hip-hop regalia at night, I may worry more about him mugging me than I would a young asian man. But I also would worry more about him than I would about the same young back man in a business suit. Further, while the likelihood of being assaulted at all is pretty small, young black men are far more likely to do it than any other demographic, and it''s hardly my fault for being aware of that...and I certainly wouldn''t call it racism.

That''s right. Republicans aren''t a race. We are a ""Super-Race""...

Kind of like the nazis?

Further, while the likelihood of being assaulted at all is pretty small, young black men are far more likely to do it than any other demographic, and it''s hardly my fault for being aware of that...and I certainly wouldn''t call it racism.

True. My quote about the ""black kids bringing their crime and drugs"" might need a little context here.

My mom and uncle teach in the Louisiana public school system. They were ranting about kids in the schools today, and it basically boiled down to the problems all stemming from the black kids, according to them. Now, this didn''t take into account that at their schools, it was just as often the whites and hispanics who were pushing drugs, fighting, and bringing weapons to school. It''s a horrible school district they''re in, with a fairly even distribution of whites and blacks.

As for the young black male demographic, you are correct about that, though it still depends on the location. In Cedar Rapids, I''m more likely to be mugged by a young/middle-aged white guy (who would be in a ski mask and driving a truck for his getaway car).

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ralcydan wrote:
That''s right. Republicans aren''t a race. We are a ""Super-Race""...

LeapingGnome wrote:
Kind of like the nazis?

I figure the left is going to call us Nazis anyway - might as well run with it...

Nazi.

I think he meant ""Super-EVIL-Race""....
It was just edited out to preserve the hidden Republican conspiracy....

It''d be nice if we could overcome this someday, but it''ll be a while yet.

Social change happens in a hearse.

"belt500" wrote:

I think he meant ""Super-EVIL-Race""....
It was just edited out to preserve the hidden Republican conspiracy....

But Bush is the head of the Super-Evil-Race, but I thought he was a dummy. That must just prove that he is an even bigger super evil genious!

genious!

Are you using the Bush-Webster dictionary?