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We also knew what Klansmen would do to us if they could get away with it. That’s why this special report was prepared — to show the background of the KKK and its battle with the law, and to point out the current reasons why hate groups can’t be ignored.For many years the KKK quite literally could get away with murder. Those who would use violence to deny others their rights can’t be ignored. This hate society was America’s first terrorist organization.Today, while the traditional Klan has declined, there are many other groups which go by a variety of names and symbols and are at least as dangerous as the KKK.Some of them are teenagers who shave their heads and wear swastika tattoos and call themselves Skinheads; some of them are young men who wear camouflage fatigues and practice guerrilla warfare tactics; some of them are conservatively dressed professionals who publish journals filled with their bizarre beliefs — ideas which range from denying that the Nazi Holocaust ever happened to the contention that the U. federal government is an illegal body and that all governing power should rest with county sheriffs.
Klanwatch was formed in 1981 to help curb Klan and racist violence through litigation, education and monitoring.
I learned the importance of history at an early age — my father, the late Horace Mann Bond, taught at several black colleges and universities.
He showed me that knowing the past is critical to making sense of the present.
Despite their peculiarities, they all share the deep-seated hatred and resentment that has given life to the Klan and terrorized minorities and Jews in this country for more than a century.
The Klan itself has had three periods of significant strength in American history — in the late 19th century, in the 1920s, and during the 1950s and early 1960s when the civil rights movement was at its height.