What Did The Ku Klux Klan Do And How Did It Decline?


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Richard Marsden Profile
Richard Marsden answered
White people joined the Ku Klux Klan for various reasons. They feared of blacks and immigrants taking their jobs and disliked un-American institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church and communists. The excitement of mystery, codes, secret ceremonies and gowns associated with the Klan also attracted members. Sadism appealed to those who like inflicting pain on others. Those who were very strongly Nationalist and believed in white supremacy also joined.

During the height of their activities, the Klan were said to have carried out four murders, intimidated witnesses and juries, performed 41 floggings (1 branded with acid), five kidnappings, lynchings, whipping, burning crosses and intimidation. Despite these horrible crimes, the Klan tended to get away with them because of fear of reprisals, they were hard to identify because of their white gowns, too many powerful people were members and they had too many sympathisers in the rural south.

It was only when the Klan leader of Indiana, in 1928, D.C Stephenson was found guilty of abducting, raping and manipulating a young girl. Americans were outraged, turned against the Klan and its membership collapsed.
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Tiffany Elmore
Tiffany Elmore commented
They didn't want blacks to the right to vote, they want the blacks to go the same schools, or any other public buildings. They didn't want blacks to read, or have education. The klans should be ashamed of their selfs. Blacks, mexicans, Asians, and other orign, all are humans
yvette Jones Profile
yvette Jones answered
The Klan men have declined considerably. I think there was a case back in the 60s, not sure, where a mothers son had been killed by two young klanmen. The judge ruled in favor of the mother awarding her the klan headquarters and several million dollars. One of the teenagers approached the mother in court and apologized and asked if he could be forgiven. She said "I already have forgiven you" and the teen burst into tears. The whole court burst into tears.

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