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ABC: Miss. Grand Wizard Heralds Rise of New KKK, Calls for Segregation
|Date:|| Fri, 26-Oct-2012 7:58:12 PM PDT |
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|In reply to:|| Politics talk - Nov 6 almost here posted by LM|
A cross, on fire.
Watch the full story on "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 ET
They call themselves "the invisible empire" for a reason: They thrive in secrecy, almost never permitting outsiders in.
Who are they?
"You don't know who I am," one man said. "You could think the world of me, and yet if you see me in this hood and knew who I was, your whole thoughts could change."
"I've been a fireman, I've been in the Navy," said another.
The people wearing these robes walk among us. Yet together, as they were this summer in Martinsville, Va., they are the Ku Klux Klan.
"Klansmen, the fiery cross!" a man shouted.
"For God ... For country ... For race! ... And Klan!" the call and response went.
And just a couple of weeks ago, in Tupelo, Miss., a similar scene transpired.
"Klansmen, we are the only klan in the state of Mississippi!" a man shouted.
"White power!" yelled another.
Over the past four months, "Nightline" has been granted rare access to the Klan -- its rituals, its members, its message of racial segregation, which it spreads with a new urgency.
"We have to protect ourselves, or they will kill us!" Steven Howard, a Grand Wizard, said.
To get to the heart of it, we headed south to meet Howard, the Grand Wizard of the Mississippi White Nights of the Ku Klux Klan. This is the klavern made famous in the film "Mississippi Burning." The area is scarred by the battles -- the lynchings and church bombings -- of the civil rights era. A jail was named after Martin Luther King Jr.
The area is also home to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is in Montgomery, Ala. Senior Fellow Mark Potok and his SPLC colleagues have been fighting the KKK in courtrooms and classrooms for decades.
Potok agreed with some Klan members' view that President Obama had been the Klan's most effective recruiting tool in the past four or five years.
"I think there's some truth to that," Potok told "Nightline" co-anchor Cynthia McFadden. "Immediately after Obama was elected, we saw two of the largest hate websites in the country crash."
Potok said they had seen the Klan rise, fall and rise again. By the late 1980s, it had dwindled to a few hundred. But now, the story is very different.
"The Klan and other [similar] groups grew pretty significantly by our account," Potok said. "Six hundred groups in the year 2000 to 1,018 last year."
"And that's not the half of it," he continued. "Militia groups have come back, and have come back with a force that is amazing."
The aforementioned Grand Dragon is Steven Howard, 31. We followed him to a remote spot with a trailer next to the woods. Cell phone service was spotty. Howard's wife, Nicole, was cooking and serving food, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a regular Saturday-night barbecue. The Howards' 11-year-old daughter was there.
"You cannot get any better southern dish than what you get here!" Howard said.
When the interview began, the regular feeling ended.
"Black people and white people are nowhere related," Howard said. "In my opinion, black people evolved from animals. That's what I think they evolved from: apes."
Wow, project much? - Justathot - 26-Oct-2012 8:22 PM
- You have to read the rest. The link has 2 more pages and the eppy airs - Jazzy - 26-Oct-2012 8:27 PM
This is why it bothers me so much with the racial stirrings of the GOP. They - Originaltristan - 26-Oct-2012 8:08 PM
- The filter is gone. It's dangerous and unnerving, and IA, it makes me sad & mad - Jazzy - 26-Oct-2012 8:21 PM
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