On Saturday night, Ku Klux Klan supporters distributed homespun flyers to encourage voting in and around the Sabine, Louisiana area, according to Louisiana blogger Lamar White Jr. A single white Life Saver candy accompanied the typed mailer. That’s not a subtle metaphor.
According to the News & Observer, the Loyal White Knights of the Pelham, North Carolina-based KKK will host a public parade for Trump on Dec. 3, though an exact time and location have not yet been posted. Oren Segal, director of the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League, offered a measured message about white supremacy extremists in America.
this day in 1923, the Rosewood massacre ended in the Florida town after
raging for a week. The violence began on January 1st, the day after a
Ku Klux Klan rally was held in the area. It started when a white mob
descended on the predominantly black town in response to a rumour that a
black Rosewood man had sexually assaulted a white woman. The group of
over 400 whites attacked African-Americans who they believed were involved, torturing people for information and
targetting a family home. They then rampaged throughout the town burning
buildings to the ground, including houses and churches. The black
residents were forced to hide in the nearby swamps until they were
evacuated to other towns, leaving Rosewood completely deserted in the
wake of the violence. The carnage ended on January 7th when the mob
burned the last structures and there were no black residents in Rosewood
remaining. The final death toll was officially six blacks and two
whites killed, but according to witnesses closer to thirty
African-Americans died. A white jury decided there was insufficient
evidence and none of those involved were ever charged for their role in
what was erroneously portrayed as a ‘race riot’. In 1994, almost seventy
years after the event, the Florida legislature passed a bill that gave
each of the nine remaining survivors of the massacre $150,000 in
compensation. While it is not enough to provide justice for the Rosewood
victims and survivors, the 1994 law ended decades of refusal to come to
terms with the horrors committed at Rosewood.
has been a struggle telling this story over the years, because a lot of
people don’t want to hear about this kind of history … It’s a sad story, but it’s one I think everyone needs to hear” - Lizzie Jenkins, descendant of a Rosewood survivor
This right here is peak-level “let’s here the other side,” while wording it as if their beliefs are any different than before. The KKK and their apologists (along with other white supremacist groups) will use this to defend themselves. Nothing like assisting the Ku Klux Klan in their attempts at rebranding in order to appeal to a larger audience. They’re taking a page right out of the white nationalist/alt-right name swap. Let’s be clear, the KKK will never disavow white supremacy, don’t let them create a false image of what they are.
Members of the Ku Klux Klan hide their identity because they don’t want people to know that they are people who have roles in your societal life such as doctors, police, or politicians. Only somebody guilty or coward would hide their identity. The Black Panther Party showed their faces while taking actions. They knew that there is nothing to hide if you’re standing for justice and protecting your people.
A&E says it will be canceling its documentary series Escaping the KKK, a show about Klansmen allegedly seeking to leave the hate group, after it discovered the series’ producers paid participants for access, Variety reported on Saturday. In a statement, A&E wrote “cash payments — which we currently understand to be nominal — were made in the field to some participants in order to facilitate access. While we stand behind the intent of the series and the seriousness of the content, these payments are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary.” Read more.