For a second, remove your hard hats because oftentimes, you will hear an almost crazy conspiracy theory that eventually turns out to be truthful in the end.
If someone mentions the Ku Klux Klan, the image that pops into your head is likely to be grainy, turn-of-the-century footage of midnight rallies where ghostly figures in white hoods and white robes march with torches in front of a burning cross.
But the modern Klan is much more insidious than that – promoting their hateful, racist agenda with a web site, weekly radio show, Twitter account and all the modern marketing paraphernalia you’d expect from a 21st Century media campaign.
Most vile and sneaky of all this Klan-associated garbage is the rhetoric these racist nobodies use to paint themselves as victims of a multicultural society, a message that apparently resonates with loners, misfits, drug-addled dropouts and others looking to blame their failures and disappointments on a shadowy “other” who apparently is personally out to get them and their beloved kin.
The Klan was conceived in the south in response to the loss of the Civil War and to prevent African Americans’ participation in public life and economic prosperity. It almost immediately experienced a significant decline in membership and influence, as conditions bettered throughout the South, only to spike again in the 1920s, and again during the Civil Rights movements of the 60s.
Despite its “law and order” rhetoric, the Klan never has been particularly well organized. In fact, it’s been more of a shell organization for the marauding groups of thugs – such as those we witnessed at the Ferguson, Missouri protests – looking to terrorize black Americans, immigrants, union workers and anyone else they might consider a threat.
Here’s this from current Klan leadership, posted on their web page:
"There is a race war against whites. But our people - my white brothers and sisters - will stay committed to a non-violent resolution. That resolution must consist of solidarity in white communities around the world. The hatred for our children and their future is growing and is being fueled every single day. Stay firm in your convictions. Keep loving your heritage and keep witnessing to others that there is a better way than a war torn, violent, wicked, socialist, new world order. That way is the Christian way - law and order - love of family - love of nation. These are the principles of western Christian civilization. There is a war to destroy these things. Pray that our people see the error of their ways and regain a sense of loyalty. Repent America! Be faithful my fellow believers. "
What is one even supposed to say in response to that, except that it’s proof that racism is a disease of the mind that can infect an entire community. Here’s a fun fact: The state with the highest per-capita membership in the Ku Klux Klan is Connecticut.
But the temptation to make fun of and dismiss the Klan and similar for their obviously impaired abilities to perceive reality as most of us know it, must be resisted. As ill-making, as pathetic and ridiculous as they might seem, this group, in particular, has been remarkably difficult to eradicate. Rather, it grows dormant, like certain venereal diseases, only to flare up during times of friction. Why is that? It taps into an important, and dangerous, sense of entitlement denied that has persisted throughout the history of this country.