.. n. The Ku Klux Klan had become soft in enforcing its policies and this deficiency allowed its members to cause chaos throughout the Southern states. Because many of the police supported the Ku Klux Klan movement, may incidents occurred and no investigation ever followed. The Ku Klux Klan was finally slowed when the Federal Bureau of Investigation stepped in and became involved in reducing the power of the group.
The major reason many incidents took place is that many ex-confederate soldiers had begun organizing their own dens. The hatred of blacks was the main reason that may people decided to join the Ku Klux Klan movement. Certainly, if the Ku Klux Klan had held to its original goals and purposes, it could have avoided many problems and negative publicity it began to have in later years. As the Ku Klux Klan’s membership grew, it obtained a wide range of enrollees. The Ku Klux Klan had members from all social classes.
Not all of the members joined to cause trouble; many joined to keep from being victims. Ku Klux Klan members admitted that they were a “rough bunch of boys” and a ten dollar joining fee had allowed anyone to join; no person was responsible for monitoring motives for joining. For instance many politicians had joined just so they would have the help of the Ku Klux Klan in campaigning for the election. General Forrest tried to be strict on membership requirements, but his objective failed. As the Ku Klux Klan began to branch out, the rules seemed to be forgotten.
The spurt in growth of membership was soon disrupted, and just before the 1900’s the Ku Klux Klan broke apart and would not officially come back until the year 1915. The Ku Klux Klan never hit any significant growth period again until the 1950’s when the civil rights movement cause a large increase in membership of the group. Eventhough the Ku Klux Klan dwindled in membership, it never died in the eyes of the people who truly believed in it. The Ku Klux Klan has not drastically changed since the origination of the group. The Ku Klux Klan today is an institution of chivalry, humanity, mercy, and patriotism which are all characteristics of the original Klan.(“Southern Cross White Knights”, p.2) Also, the Ku Klux Klan is dedicated as preserving the maintenance of White Pride and the rights of the White Race, which was also a goal of the original founders.(“North Georgia White Knights”,p.1) The activities of the modern Ku Klux Klan vary from den to den depending on the inclination of its members. Some dens of the Ku Klux Klan tend to use more violence to express their viewpoint than other dens.
Some groups use threats, arson, and other forms of violence to force their ideas on modern society, while others choose just to march and protest opposing views. Regardless of the activities each den decides to participate in, the main goal of the Ku Klux Klan today is the progression of the White race and it is the same goal the original founders focused on. The main characteristic of the Ku Klux Klan throughout the years has been the group is a gathering of white Christian men and women who have joined together because of a common bond they share by blood and faith.(“Knights of the KKK”, p.1) This is what the original founders intended the group to become and it has achieved this goal. Eventhough the Ku Klux Klan is sometimes looked upon as a “hate group”, the characteristics of the group are a positive for society. Since the late 1980’s the Ku Klux Klan’s membership has gone through a major decline. Statistics show that the Ku Klux Klan’s memberships has dropped to about five thousand compared to about forty-two thousand during the 1960’s.(St. Louis Post Dispatch, p.1) Many of the members have changed from their white robes to three piece suits. People like David Duke, the Grand Wizard of the Klan during the 1970’s and 1980’s, have changed the image of the group.
Many head officials of the Klan now hold political offices and have other important roles in the nation’s government. At this point in time no single organization of the Ku Klux Klan is in existence. The Klan has splintered into several independent groups. Since the Ku Klux Klan has broken up into many groups, no one knows the exact number of members of the Klan or its affiliated groups. Although the Ku Klux Klan’s members have changed their appearance and the membership has declined, no one can deny that the Klan is still a major influence on society.
Due to some changes in the Ku Klux Klan, the organization now has new objectives. Leaders of the Klan now say they work to replace the collapsed society and push for the advancement of the White Race. Other objectives of the Klan are to start focusing on the family again and to close the United States borders to stop immigration.(“Kajun Knights of the KKK”, p.1) The Klan also intends on stopping abortion, reverse discrimination, and welfare for those who do not need it.(“Imperial Klans of America”, p.2) The most important objectives of the Klan today are to outlaw homosexuality and inter-racial marriages. They attribute the imminent down fall of modern society to these two problems. The Ku Klux Klan agrees that everyone should be proud of their race, which means White people have the right to be proud also. Therefore, the Ku Klux Klan reasons that all anti-white policies should be discarded and people be hired, promoted, and given scholarships according to their ability not for any other reason.
Any new members of the Ku Klux Klan have to take a pledge not to commit any crime against anyone. The Ku Klux Klan’s motto printed on propaganda is “Not for self-But for others;” this is the main focus of the Klan today. Eventhough the Ku Klux Klan has new objectives, the main goal of the organization is to make the White race superior to all others. Although the Ku Klux Klan has gone through many changes since its beginning, the present Klan is not very different from the original organization. Though the Ku Klux Klan is an organization like no other, it still has endured many problems as do other groups. It is impossible for people who do not study the Ku Klux Klan to understand why it exist, but some of their concepts are really based on solid ground. In fact, people are always commenting that people should stand up for what they believe in and the Ku Klux Klan is a perfect example.
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