KKK Kome back?

When was the last time you heard of the Klu Klux Klan? Perhaps in your American history book, but not in the news. It has recently come to light that the seemingly died-out Klu Klux Klan is attempting to make a come-back. In Rhome (Dallas, Texas), Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and in a mostly black neighborhood in Chicago, flyers and leaflets have been found on home doors saying, “The Klu Klux Klan wants YOU!”

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Who knew that they still existed? Perhaps not as progressively aggressive as they once were, but the fact that their ideals have survived, are unnerving.

An interesting statistic about hates groups in the United States is that the number of hate groups in America began to rise in 2008 at the point of Obama’s election. In comparison to the number of hate groups in 2000, hate groups have increased in number by a startling 813% by 2012, totaling a high of 1,360 hate groups.

What initiated this to rise again? Why? The “anger and fear over the nation’s ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nation’s first African-American president.”, says The Southern Poverty Law Center regarding the extreme rise of hate groups in recent years.

People wearing white robes and hoods rem

According to Huffington Post UK, these hate groups are predominantly right-wing, nationalistic conservatives. This news story could go deep within the fundamentals of rural sociology, and how gaining supporters and forming nationalistic militias/organizations can be so easy, especially on the basis of religion, or conservative isolationism. I don’t like how things like this can get away on the constitutional right of “free speech” and by labeling it as solely an anti-immigration movement, when in reality it encourages racism and an unhealthy amount nationalism.

“You wish it was something from the past, that you hoped everyone had gotten beyond that,” said Kevin Benton, Sherriff Rhome Texas.

I agree. It is frightening that something that we Americans had thought had gotten past, is still trying to weasel its way back to our communities. It makes me lose a certain amount of truth that I once did in Americans as a whole. Today, we are a country of peace, and it is disappointing and saddening that a group of people with these antagonistically ideals would think that they are doing what is actually right.

 

Citations

http://rt.com/usa/kkk-america-economy-hate-569/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/04/01/ku-klux-klan-_n_5068798.html

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