Ku Klux Klan

Tyler Schmidt

How it started?

The Ku Klux Klan or the KKK was formed in 1866 by Confederate veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee. Part of the name of the Klan came from the Greek word "kyklos," meaning Circle. In the summer of 1867, local branches met and decided the leader would be Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was the first "Grand wizard" of the Klan. From this point on, violence errupted in the south with African Americans.

Beliefs and Actions

The KKK's main goal was to turn American into a "White country." This meant they wanted to limit the African American's rights and slowly try to get rid of them. After the Civil war, they wanted to limit African American's rights they had since they were free. They would dress up in white costumes like ghosts and scare African Americans. The KKK also carried out attacks at night by burning down African American schools, businesses and churches. Sometimes they threatened to Lynch, or hang African Americans without trial. The KKK not only did this to African Americans, But to immigrants too, who were mostly Jews.

The Ku Klux Klan Today

Now in days, The Ku Klux Klan still exists. They will once in a while have a rally in our area. They are not as violent as they were around the Civil war period, but still share their beliefs. Another difference they have is they are against more religions and people. They are against Jews, African Americans, homosexuals, and newly, Catholics. They are in a world of their own and are trying to get more political power in our country. Finally, The KKK still has ceremonial events like the Burning of the cross. They would take a large wooden cross light it on fire and stand in a circle and hold hands. This symbolized the hate they had against other religions and that they were in their own power.

My Reaction

My reaction is terrified and and annoyed. I am terrified after the things I researched on how they treat people who are different from them. It makes me angry that most KKK leaders in the 1860's didn't get punished for what they did to African Americans. They never got caught for what they did. Also, I am annoyed at them because they hate pretty much anyone who is different from them and treat them like they are nothing. People are born the way they are and it is not fair for them to go kill random people because of their religion, race, or sexuality.

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