The New KKK
The Klu Klux Klan was started 150 years ago, in Tennessee, after the Confederate States of America lost the Civil War. The Klan is a white supremacist organization. It has been known to use acts of terrorism: including murder, lynching, arson, rape, and bombing, to oppose the granting of civil rights to African Americans. Often the Klan would wear masks and dressed in the organization’s signature long white robes and hoods. The Klan would carryout most of their attacks on the Black community at night. All of these factors gives me the sense that the Klan were afraid and that they very much were. They were afraid to expose whom they really were. They hid behind their signature uniform and they hid behind the dark shadows of the night. They were hiding to protect their families and their jobs, but who was protecting the Black community?
The Black Lives Matter movement, which has been referred to as the new KKK, was founded in 2012 after the murder of teen Trayvon Martin. BLM is an international activist movement, originating in the African American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people. The organization has been known to host protest, sign petitions, and use mass media to bring attention to the unjust treatment of Black Americans. The movement was started in the Black community but now includes members from all backgrounds and walks of life. The participants of the movement do not hide behind any form of clothing. They were not built upon the hatred of any group of people or organization. Therefore, I am confused with as many differences as the to groups have the could be compared so constantly. The most important question is, how can BLM be the new KKK when the KKK never left?
The picture above is what the new KKK looks like: doctors, lawyers, senators, representative, and a lot more people that hold power in our country. The KKK is still afraid but they have sadly become smarter. The Klan has found new ways to hide that they are apart of the organization. They have learned to infiltrate the places that hold the most power in this country. The Klan does not work for the government the Klan is the government. They have learned to hide in plain sight. Which I myself have to admit that it is a pretty brilliant idea. With the KKK being active in different ways than before a lot of people like to believe that they no longer exist when in reality they are alive and thriving.People speak of the KKK as if it is nonexistent. Then try to replace the “void” left by the KKK with organization that the want to dehumanize. I’m this particular instances I am speaking on the fact that many white conservatives try to falsely state that BLM has become the new KKK. BLM can’t be the new KKK if the KKK still exists.