From British daily The Morning Star:
(Tuesday 15 August 2006)
EXHIBITION: Generation KKK: Passing the Torch
SS Robin Gallery, London E14
MICHAL BONCZA is saddened to see young minds being corrupted at an eye-opening photo exhibition on the KKK.
It is hard to believe that the Ku Klux Klan started as a joke when “six college students founded it in the winter of 1865 in the town of Pulaski, Tennessee.
“All former confederate officers, the six young men organised as a social club or fraternity and spent their time in horseplay of various types, including wearing disguises and galloping about town after dark.
“They were surprised to learn that their nightly appearances were causing fear, particularly among former slaves in the area.”
The group adopted the name Ku Klux Klan from the Greek word “kuklos,” meaning circle, adding the English word clan.
The rest is history. Or is it?
In a series of 40 photographs, taken between 1998 and 2002, photographer James Edward Bates records the daily lives of a group of klansmen and women of the South Mississippi Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama.
KKK policeman in the USA: here.
Ku Klux Klan today: here.
US Civil War: here.
From the Google cache.
USA: Ku Klux Klansman wanted to kill non-whites
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Associated Press reports:
Klansman Accused of Building Pipe Bombs
June 11, 2005
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A Ku Klux Klansman helped build seven pipe bombs that a federal informant told him would be rigged to vehicles used by Haitians and Hispanics, a federal agent testified Friday at a detention hearing.
Videotapes of meetings between the informant and Daniel Schertz, 27, showed them making the bombs and discussing how they would be used, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Lorin Coppock testified.
This report on the Klansman did not use the word “terrorist”. Might be contingency, and one should not read too much in a short report.
However, suppose Mr Schertz wouldn’t have been white, his name would have been Ali something, and his intended targets would have been people with, on average, more power or money than, on average, many Haitians or Hispanics: would the “T” word have been avoided as well then?
And what if Mr Schertz wouldn’t have been a racist, but an animal rights advocate? Given the tendency in US government circles to see animal rights activists as “terrorists” …