St Louis, USA police and Ku Klux Klan


This video from the USA says about itself:

St. Louis Police Department Is Built On KKK Roots

16 October 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Tory Russel, the chief of staff to St. Louis Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, about the troubling ties that the St. Louis PD has to the “Veiled Prophet Ball,” an event that has been linked to the Ku Klux Klan.

This video from the USA says about itself:

St. Louis Protests: What a Police Cover Up Looks Like

16 October 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with Brother Anthony Shahid, a St. Louis resident who has pushed for transparency from police in the killing of 24-year-old African American Anthony Lamar Smith at the gun of white officer Jason Stockley.

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Ku Klux Klan mocked by United States artists


This video, by the satiric Indecline artists from the USA says about itself:

Ku Klux Klowns

7 September 2017

If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

Activists hang KKK ‘clown’ effigies from tree in a Virginia park

By Justin Wm. Moyer

September 7 at 4:31 PM

The art collective that unveiled naked statues of Donald Trump in major U.S. cities last year left Ku Klux Klan effigies hanging in a park in Richmond early Wednesday.

The faux Klansmen, left by the INDECLINE collective in Joseph Bryan Park overnight, were hanging from a tree dressed in multicolored wigs and clown shoes. A sign on one of the effigies read: “If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.”

A spokeswoman for Richmond police said authorities were investigating the display, which was removed. The park was closed and cordoned off with crime scene tape, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

A video published online Wednesday by INDECLINE includes footage of the clowns being assembled and mounted at dusk by people wearing masks. The video includes dialogue from a decades-old episode of the “Superman” radio show that ridiculed the KKK, interspersed with a Klan anthem featuring the lyrics: “Stand up and be counted/show that world that you’re a man … join the Ku Klux Klan.”

A statement from the group said Richmond was chosen for the display, called “Ku Klux Klowns,” because it was the capital of the Confederacy. The project is a response to the “White Nationalist uprising in the United States”, the statement said, and the park was chosen because it was the location of a slave rebellion in 1800.

INDECLINE was founded in 2001, according to its website. The group was thrust into the spotlight after it left Trump statues in New York, San Francisco and other cities before the 2016 presidential election. It has also covered stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with names of African Americans killed by police.

West Virginia policeman supports Ku Klux Klan: here.

Street honouring Ku Klux Klan founder no more in Florida, USA


This 18 August 2017 comedy video from the USA says about itself:

Confederate Monuments Are Bad; General Forrest’s Is Really Bad

James looks at the controversy surrounding the fate of Confederate soldier monuments across the country and can’t let go of a rather scary statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest in Tennessee.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Founder of the KKK loses street name in Florida

Today, 08:29

The founder of the Ku Klux Klan will disappear from the street scene of Hollywood, Florida. Also two other generals who fought for the Confederate States will lose their street names, the city council has decided.

Nathan Bedford Forrest fought during the US Civil War for the preservation of slavery.

Before that war he was a slave trader.

He was a particularly ruthless general, who killed black Union army soldiers from the north after they had surrendered.

After the war, he was involved in the founding of the Ku Klux Klan, which intended to oppress liberated slaves. Forrest was the first leader of the organization, the Grand Wizard.

Beside Forrest, streets in Hollywood were named after the generals Robert E. Lee and John Bell Hood. …

“It’s like living in the Hitler Street”, said a local politician. …

It is not clear yet what the new names of the streets will be, next week there will be a decision. …

During the local authority meeting, a Hollywood resident suggested that Lee Street did not need to change its name: the name might now refer to writer Harper Lee, author of the [anti-racist] book To kill a mockingbird.

By the way, Forrest will continue in other places: there is no discussion about Bedford Forrest Drive in the Texan Missouri City.

There is some discussion about it.

An Iowa high school says it disciplined a group of students after a photo surfaced showing five people wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods, waving a Confederate flag and holding what appear to be guns in front of a burning cross: here.

Ku Klux Klan, a British view


Ku Klux Klan advertisement

This 1920s advertisement from Illinois in the USA shows various businesses were Ku Klux Klan sponsors then; including Ford Motor corporation of the anti-Semitic big businessman Henry Ford.

The ‘Everybody Welcome’ in the ad probably excludes African Americans, Jews, socialists, Roman Catholics, LGBTQ people, feminists, etc. etc.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

A dark corner of US politics

Friday 25th August 2017

PETER FROST explores the origins of one of the nastiest, most racist organisations in world history – the Ku Klux Klan

HOWEVER much President Donald Trump ducks and dives and carefully edits his latest soundbite, it is clear that he is one of a very few US citizens who doesn’t think the tiny Ku Klux Klan is a racist organisation fit only to be condemned to the dustbin of history by all reasonable people.

Perhaps that isn’t too surprising. There is overwhelming evidence that Trump’s father Fred was arrested at a Klan rally in New York in the 1920s and there’s good reason to suppose that his grandfather was also close to the obnoxious organisation.

The Klan has a long history. The dust and smoke of the civil war had hardly cleared in 1865 when a small group of white southerners on the defeated side met to form what would become one of the nastiest, most racist organisations in world history — the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

That first Klan flourished in the southern states in the late 1860s, but had almost died out by the early 1870s. It sought to overthrow the Republican state governments in the south during the Reconstruction Era, especially by using violence against African-American leaders and to bring back slavery.

Members made their own, often grotesque, colourful costumes, robes and masks designed to be terrifying and to hide their true identities.

The white sheets and conical hoods would come later. They were actually copied from D W Griffith’s 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation. The curious titles like “grand wizard” and such, also first saw light of day in that film script.

It triggered a second Klan flush in 1915 which flourished nationwide in the early and mid-1920s, particularly in urban areas of the midwest and west.

Rooted in local Protestant communities it opposed Catholics and Jews as well as black people at a time of high immigration from mostly Catholic nations of southern and eastern Europe. It also virulently opposed socialist and communist politics and the organised labour movement.

This second organisation adopted a standard white costume and used code words, which were similar to those used by the first Klan, while adding cross burnings and mass parades to intimidate others.

The third and current manifestation of the KKK emerged after WWII. It focused on opposition to the civil rights movement often using violence and murder to suppress activists.

Today, it is back in the headlines with its greatest fan in President Trump.

Last year, Klan membership nationwide was between 3,000 and 6,000 but, because of its long and colourful history, it punches well above its weight when it comes to media coverage.

Best estimates suggest only a very few hundred of the thousand or so racists who appeared at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally were actually Klan members, but clever public relations from the likes of the Klan’s former grand wizard David Duke managed to snatch most of the credit for itself.

It is worth remembering that in the past, Duke has offered support and publicity advice to former BNP leader Nick Griffin and various other British racist individuals and groupings.

Shrewd business decisions from early founders ensured that the Klan would always be on a firm financial footing.

In 1921, the second Klan adopted a modern business system of using full-time paid recruiters.

The national headquarters made its profit through a monopoly of costume sales, while the organisers were paid through initiation fees. Many national and local leaders became rich running their local Klan group rather like a franchised hamburger shop.

This second KKK preached “100 per cent Americanism” and demanded the purification of politics, calling for strict morality. Its official rhetoric focused on the threat of the Catholic Church.

It also demonstrated the right-wing attitudes that marked out their other politics. In major southern cities such as Birmingham, Alabama, Klan members kept control of access to the better-paying industrial jobs and opposed the labour unions.

During the ’30s and ’40s, Klan leaders urged members to disrupt the Congress of Industrial Organisations (CIO), which advocated industrial unions and accepted African-American members.

Using dynamite and skills from their jobs in mining and steel in the late 1940s some Klan members in Birmingham used bombings to destroy houses in order to intimidate upwardly mobile blacks from moving into middle-class neighbourhoods.

Internal divisions, criminal behaviour by leaders and external opposition brought about a collapse in Klan membership, which had dropped to about 30,000 by 1930. It finally faded away in the ’40s.

In the ’50s and ’60s the Ku Klux Klan name was used by numerous independent local groups opposing the fast growing civil rights movement.

These Klan groupings often forged alliances with southern police departments as in Birmingham, Alabama, or with governor’s offices as with George Wallace of Alabama.

Several members of KKK groups were convicted of murder in the deaths of civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964 and children in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963. There are many other examples of both convictions as well as Klan members literally getting away with murder.

I neither know, nor care, if 20-year-old nazi James Field who used his car to murder Heather Heyer and injure 19 other brave anti-fascist demonstrators was a member of the Klan.

His car-based method of attack has become a typical terrorist murder and is just as wrong when carried out by extreme so-called believers in either the Muslim, the Christian or any other faith.

The group of white supremacists who gathered in Charlotteville wore all sorts of uniforms and badges but shared the same obscene philosophy of race hate wrapped in the flag of extreme patriotism.

What I do care about is that they seemed to do it with the blessing of a man who claims to be the leader of the free world — President Trump.

When I first saw Trump winning his presidential candidature last year, I wrote in this paper that I began to understand how Hitler had made it to the top. Every day Trump sits in the Oval Office that comparison gets more and more terrifying.

Ku Klux Klan celebrates Trump victory


This video from the USA says about itself:

4 December 2016

A convoy of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members drove through Roxboro, North Carolina on Saturday to celebrate the victory of President-elect Donald Trump in the US elections.

By Mary Papenfuss in the USA:

Ku Klux Klan Members Drive Through North Carolina Town To Hail Trump Victory

The president-elect is going to “turn this country around,” spokeswoman says.

12/05/2016 07:42 am ET | Updated 1 hour ago

Police in Roxboro, North Carolina, will hold a press conference Monday to address community concerns after a band of KKK members drove through the small town Saturday celebrating President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the recent election.

The parade was originally going to take place in Pelham, 40 minutes away from Roxboro. But organizers moved the event after protesters gathered in Pelham Saturday morning to confront the Klansmen, according to The News & Observer. …

Local police and state troopers blocked several intersections in a bid to keep the peace as the parade of vehicles waving American, Confederate and KKK flags zipped through the town of some 8,000 people. Men and women shouted “White power!” and “Hail victory!” Only a handful of bystanders watched. The parade was over in minutes, officials said.  …

Amanda Barker, an “imperial kommander” of the Loyal White Knights who is married to the founder of the group, told the Times-News that the car parade was a celebration of Trump’s victory.

“Actually we have the same views,” she said, referring to the president-elect. “A lot of white Americans felt the same way, especially about the wall, immigration and the terrorism coming here. I think Donald Trump is going to do some really good things and turn this country around.”

Anti-Trump protests, racist attacks in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

11 November 2016

The voices behind #NotMyPresident continue to get stronger as thousands protest across the United States for the second night rejecting a Trump presidency.

From the (Conservative) Daily Telegraph in England:

Ku Klux Klan group plans North Carolina rally to celebrate Donald Trump’s election victory

By David Lawler, Washington

10 November 2016 • 9:27pm

The Ku Klux Klan has announced a “victory” parade in North Carolina following Donald Trump’s election as president.

The parade was announced by the Loyal White Knights, a KKK chapter based in the rural village of Pelham, and will take place in early December.

Trump‘s race united my people,” the announcement reads.

The same chapter held a protest in South Carolina last year after a Confederate Flag was removed from the state house grounds, according to the News & Observer, a local newspaper.

The planned rally would not be the first time the KKK and its supporters have aligned themselves with the president-elect.

The KKK‘s official newspaper endorsed Mr Trump during the election, and several prominent white supremacists have publicly praised him.

David Duke, a former Imperial Wizard of the hate group, called Mr Trump’s election “one of the most exciting nights of my life” and celebrated the fact that “our people” helped him defeat Hillary Clinton.

Mr Trump refused in February to disavow Mr Duke’s support, though he eventually did so. …

The Crusader newspaper, which calls itself the “premier voice of the white resistance”, published an article in support of Mr Trump one week before the election. …

The support for Mr Trump among white supremacists has been particularly fierce online. Many journalists and supporters of Mrs Clinton have been attacked by Trump supporters using racist or antisemitic language.

William Johnson, a prominent white nationalist, made robocalls in Utah in an attempt to aid Mr Trump. In the calls, Mr Johnson told voters that he believed Evan McMullin, an independent candidate, was a “closet homosexual“.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump’s Victory Sees Spike in Hate Crimes and Attacks on the LGBT Community

11 November 2016

Dow hits record high as Wall Street celebrates Trump victory: here.

From monster to Mr. President-Elect: Democrats grovel before Trump: here.

German media demands military buildup in response to US election: here.

On November 7, the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte officially announced that Manila would continue the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) military basing deal with Washington, as well as most joint military exercises, but would discontinue naval and amphibious assault drills. The decision represents a reversal of previous statements made by Duterte that he would end the basing deal as part of his “separation” from the United States. The announcement was followed on Wednesday by Duterte’s enthusiastic hailing of the election of the Republican Donald Trump as the next US president: here.

After Trump, nazi David Duke Republican party candidate?


This video from the USA says about itself:

Party of Trump: David Duke, KKK and White Supremacy

22 July 2016

Former KKK leader David Duke is so “overjoyed” by Donald Trump‘s RNC speech, he‘s running for [the Republican party candidacy for the United States] Senate [in Louisiana].

Scary.

THE KKK FLYERS SHOWING UP ACROSS AMERICA They usually come with candy. [WaPo]