As stated in the introduction, the most well-known hate crimes have been against people of the African-American community. The most successful terrorist group that have committed hate crimes against African- Americans in the United States has been the Ku Klux Klan. This group was created in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee and is still have many factions throughout the United States. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimated that the Ku Klux Klan has between 5,000 and 8,000 members nationwide.1 Their power has been on its ability to inspire racist ideology. They are well known for lynching African-Americans, setting crosses on fire and chanting the phrase “White Power.” They would go out at night in hooded costumes and on horseback and terrorize African-Americans. Even though African Americans and any Caucasians who would help them have been their primary target, they have attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians, and Catholics. The Ku Klux Klan’s …show more content…
Ku Klux Clan Hate Crimes Some of the most notable hate crimes prior to the implementation of hate crime laws are as follows: 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. This was not an official Ku Klux Klan hate crime but Tulsa’s founder and Ku Klux Klan member W. Tate Brady participated in the riot as a night watchman.2 This began after an African American man who name was Dick Rowland was accused of raping a Caucasian woman by the name of Sarah Page. This led to officially 36 lives lost but other estimates have been as much as around 300 people losing their lives. The murder of Emmett Till in 1955 was because he was allegedly flirting or cat-calling with a Caucasian woman named Carolyn Bryant while visiting a local grocery store in Money, Mississippi. He was badly beaten before being fatally shot and thrown into the Tallahatchie River by two Caucasian men. This hate crime to the people of that time violated what believed was the negative conduct an African American male interacting with a Caucasian woman. He was only 14 years
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They used modern advertising method to gain 5 million members by 1925. The KKK in this time period were not against only African Americans, but also Catholics, Jews, foreigners, and suspected Communists, due to the Red Scare. They used cruel punishments as tactics to intimidate anybody deemed as “un-American”. From whipping, tar and feathering, and even hanging, the KKK was ruthless.
The KKK is a very extensive group with an advanced hierarchy, uniforms, and symbol striking fear into every non-Christian’s eye. The KKK is a very well organized and frightening group, that is well thought out, but for the wrong reasons. The willpower and motivation of hundreds, but used to commit senseless murders has made the KKK a well known religion based supremacy
he young 14 yr old boy Emmett Till was murdered on August 28, 1955. He allegedly walked into a store and whistle at a white woman while her brother in law and husband were there with her. The boy was dared to go inside this store and whistle at her. Emmett till was from the north you were able to do that from where he came from. Emmett thought it would be all fun and games but the 2 men did not take it lightly.
Many African Americans during the 1940s and so on were being lynched and murdered for no other reason other than racism. Whites did not like Negroes. They thought we were just worthless, beneath them and just plain out dumb. They would call us out our name such as the “N” word and degrade us. Emmett till was one of those African Americans who was murdered in that time period.
The KKK was a white nationalized group that included former veterans, which created the first branch of the group. The Klansmen founded in 1865, in Pulaski, Tennessee, is now known as the birthplace of the KKK. This group dedicated themselves to a campaign of violence to Republican leaders and voters. The KKK targeted many people based on their race or sexuality , including, Gays, Immigrants, African Americans, and Catholics(KKK history). Jim Crow laws,
The Ku Klux Klan first emerged in Pulaski, Tennessee following the Civil War. As we know today, the mere mention of the Klan triggers fear as the KKK is known for its various tactics of violence that came in the form if lynchings, murders, and mutilations. Following their emergence, the KKK were quickly symbolized and portrayed as the protectors of the South, following the defeat of the Southern states in the Civil War and the beginning of the period of Reconstruction by the federal government (Gurr, 1989, p. 132). During the 1920s, the KKK achieved its greatest political success and growth outside of the South. During this period, the membership of the Klan heavily expanded to the states of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Oregon, to which the KKK obtained two to two and one-half million members at its apex.
After the Civil War, a group called the Ku Klux Klan, better known today as the KKK, was formed. This group made it almost impossible for new African American citizens to exercise their rights. This group used physical assault and murder to express their opinion about African Americans at that time. In Document B, an image is shown of a member of the KKK teaming up with a member of the White League. Below the two, a small family of slaves huddles together in fear.
On April 12, 1861, a brutal war broke out between the north and the south called the Civil War. Some say the north, or Union, went to war to abolish slavery, but the south, or Confederates, went to war for states’ rights. Abraham Lincoln, who was president at the time, called the nation “a house divided” because the north and south did not agree. Four long years later, the Union won the victory on May 9, 1865.
The Ku Klux Klan or KKK has created centuries of fear. They originated in Pulaski, Tennessee. The famous hate group was out to re establish white supremacy. The KKK has influenced local governments and people in power. It has also had an impact on American people and specifically black minorities.
In the reading from We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century, Dorothy Sterling explores the many experiences of mainly African American women during the period of the Reconstruction era. Sterling states “whites put aside random acts of violence in favor of organized terror.” She focuses a lot on those experiences that involves the Ku Klux Klan (who were the organization responsible for these organized terror) and in a way, it seems fair because they were the main perpetrators of hate crimes against the African American community. The first few examples provided in the reading offer accounts of African American women whose husbands are often targets of the Ku Klux Klan because they were politicians or high-profile radicals in the South.
The early 1900s were a time of widespread social and political change in America. During this time, many Americans adopted new, more modern ideas about labor, cultural diversity and city life. Some of these Progressive ideas were brought about by the need for reform in the workplace due to the grown of large companies and rapid industrialization. Not everyone supported the ideas of the Progressive Movement, however. Anti-Progressives, especially in the South, preferred traditional, rural lifestyles, and a slower, simpler way of living.
In the recent news, everyone’s heard of the rise in hate crime. Most hate crime is “motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence,” (Dictionary.com). Hate crimes have spanned across the country and impact thousands of lives each year. The FBI started investigating hate crimes at the turn of the 20th century. The FBI define hate crime as, “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity,” (FBI).
The KKK used violence against Black Freedmen and others who opposed them to show dominance over them. The KKK used violence the stop Black Freedmen from voting so the Democrats could win more elections. After the Civil War the South elected ex-Confederate leaders to office. They denied freedmen the right to vote and passed “Black Codes” to restrict freedmen.
The analysis and finding of the Ku Klux Klan is that this extremist group is also associated as a hate group as time evolved with the definition of hate groups and todays extremist Christian groups. This data and finding has been accumulated from research of the origin of the Ku Klux Klan and their extreme actions in carrying out what they believed to be the right forum of saving America from those they identified as not being of American decent. Throughout history they have intimidated those whom are not so called pure white and their belief in racial superiority over all nationalities. These accounts have been verified though quantitative research approach though out history by historians.