London: photo exhibition on Ku Klux Klan

Ku Klux Klan nazi-like salute

From British daily The Morning Star:

Poisoning minds

(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.

Murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner: here.

US Civil War: here.

From the Google cache.

USA: Ku Klux Klansman wanted to kill non-whites

Linking: 20 Comments: 17

Date: 6/12/05 at 1:04PM

Mood: Looking Playing: We Shall Overcome

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” …

21 thoughts on “London: photo exhibition on Ku Klux Klan

  1. Posted by: “bigraccoon” redwoodsaurus
    Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:33 pm (PST)

    Media Advisory

    Trent Lott’s Redemption Song
    Coverage of minority whip election ignores racist ties


    Sen. Trent Lott’s return to the ranks of the Senate
    Republican leadership has been broadly covered as a story
    of political redemption. In this scenario, the once-fallen
    Senate majority leader, having apologized and atoned for
    his sins— in this case, praising the racist 1948 presidential
    candidacy of the late Strom Thurmond — is restored to the
    body’s top ranks with his election to the No. 2 Republican
    post of minority whip. But these redemption story reports
    have downplayed Lott’s association with and praise for
    racists, while greatly exaggerating his atonement.

    In his 2002 remarks, Lott said he was proud that his state,
    Mississippi, had supported Thurmond’s 1948 presidential
    campaign; he added, “If the rest of the country had followed
    our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all
    these years, either.” The two central planks in Thurmond’s
    1948 platform were segregation and opposition to a federal
    anti-lynching statute. “All the laws of Washington and all the
    bayonets of the Army cannot force the negro into our homes,
    our schools, our churches,” Thurmond proclaimed at the time
    (Washington Post, 11/2/88).

    Upon Lott’s newfound “redemption,” though, CNN (11/15/06)
    recalled the incident as a “blog-driven storm. Lott was
    accused of embracing Thurmond’s past. He attempted to
    explain. He apologized, but it was too big and his Republican
    colleagues pushed him out of the leadership.”

    An Associated Press article (11/16/06), “Sweet redemption:
    Republicans return Lott to Senate leadership,” passed lightly
    over Lott’s loaded remarks: “At Sen. Strom Thurmond’s
    100th birthday bash, Lott had saluted the South Carolina
    senator with comments later interpreted as support for
    Southern segregationist policies.”

    A front-page New York Times report (11/16/06) employed a
    similar theme of redemption, calling Lott’s story an “unlikely
    study in professional redemption” and describing him as “a
    man whose recent history is itself a testament to sudden
    falls, unlikely recoveries and the fickle hands of fortune in
    American politics” —as if Lott’s troubles were simply a matter
    of bad luck.

    Many other reports saw Lott’s remarks as a judgment
    problem rather than a racism problem. A Times online report
    (11/15/06) called them “ill considered,” while Washington
    Post columnist Dana Milbank (11/15/06) characterized them
    as “infelicitous,” explaining that, in his battle back into the
    Senate leadership, Lott “was determined to demonstrate
    that he could control his mouth.” Other reports called Lott’s
    remarks a “gaffe” (Special Report With Brit Hume, 11/15/06),
    “racially impolitic” (Washington Post, 11/16/06), and
    “tasteless” (Los Angeles Times, 11/16/06).

    Vocal enthusiasm for an openly racist campaign suggests a
    bigger problem than poor taste, certainly. But much of the
    coverage (e.g. New York Times, 11/16/06; Associated Press,
    11/16/06) gave no inkling that Lott’s record of racism and
    racist associations amounts to more than one isolated
    incident. As a member of the House of Representatives in
    1978, Lott was behind a successful effort to re-instate the
    U.S. citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In
    1981, the year Lott became majority whip in the House, he
    prodded the Reagan administration to fight for tax
    exemptions for racist private schools like Bob Jones
    University. (The Supreme Court turned down the
    administration’s plea in an 8 to 1 decision.)

    In 1982 and again in 1990, Lott voted against extending the
    Voting Rights Act. In 1983 he voted against a national
    holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr., and in 1994 voted to
    de-fund the Martin Luther King holiday commission. In 1990
    Lott voted against the continuation of the Civil Rights Act. In
    2005, Lott scored 5 percent on the NAACP’s civil rights
    legislative report card (, 1/06).

    And no mainstream media outlet seems to have reported
    that Trent Lott has never even motioned toward apologizing
    for his long association with the Council of Conservative
    Citizens, or for the lies he told denying his links to the group.

    In late 1998, when it was learned that the then-Senate
    majority leader had had a long-term association with the
    CCC, a racist group the Southern Poverty Law Center
    described (Intelligence Report, Winter/99) as “the
    reincarnation of the infamous White Citizens Councils of the
    1950s and 1960s,” Lott responded to questions about his
    appearance at a CCC event by denying, through an aide,
    any detailed knowledge of the group, and said he only
    “vaguely remembered” giving a single speech to the group
    more than ten years earlier (Extra!, 3-4/99

    In fact, Lott hosted CCC leaders at his Senate office in 1997
    and addressed its events at least three times in the 1990s.
    As a keynote speaker at a 1992 CCC convention, Lott
    heaped praise on its members: “The people in this room
    stand for the right principles and the right philosophy….
    Let’s take it in the right direction and our children will be the

    This earlier racism scandal was widely reported at the time
    (e.g. Washington Post 12/11/98; New York Times, 1/14/99;
    Los Angeles Times, 1/29/99), but in just a few short years
    has been swept down the media memory hole neatly
    clearing the path for Lott’s unreconstructed “redemption.”


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