I don’t know about you, but notwithstanding the sympathetic portrayals in Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind, I’ve always thought of the Ku Klux Klan as the organizational impersonation of hatred, anger and evil. Its members burned crosses, lynched and terrorized African Americans, and weren’t too crazy (well, yes, they were crazy, but you get the metaphor) about Jews or Catholics, either. It was reasonable to assume, prima facie, that anyone associated with the Klan was a morally defective human being.
But now, it seems, the Klan is trying to “sweeten up” its image, and expand beyond its traditional message of intolerance. Who would-a thought?
According to ABC News and the Associated Press, in northwestern South Carolina the Ku Klux Klan has been leaving bags of candy on doorsteps with a note attached, reading, “Save Our Land, Join the Klan.” It contains a phone number to an automated recording detailing the Klan’s efforts to halt illegal immigration. Come to think of it, it was the “legal” (not to mention, forced) immigration of all those Africans that led to the Klan’s raison d’être in the first place.
If you go to the KKK website, as I just did, you will find that the organization is basically about family and “America’s White Future.” Their stated Number One goal is to “stop White Genocide,” which we all see going on every day around us. They even have a European American Heritage Festival in October. I guess that means they want to help me celebrate my mix of Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian ancestry.
In the Frequently Asked Questions section, they clear up common misconceptions about why they feel superior to everyone else, that they neither hate nor kill black people, and no longer hate Catholics, why they wear robes and hoods, burn crosses, and why their Nazi-like salute is actually called the Bellamy Salute. They don’t believe in slavery. Oh, and did you know this – Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by an agent of the Rothschild Banking family? All very informative. You should look them up yourself; you’ll learn a lot more about their dedication and good works than I can relate in this brief column.
But ya know, you just have to wonder if it might be remotely possible that the candy gambit is an attempt to attract younger members. I mean, really younger members. On the other hand, now that we know the truth about them, who wouldn’t want to belong to a swell organization like that?