On April 24, 1867, the Ku Klux Klan held its first national meeting in a bid to organize and build structure among their many disparate groups. In 2013, one hundred forty six years later, the klan still exists.
On Wednesday I spent the entire evening surfing through Ku Klux Klan affiliated websites. I read their literature, watched videos, and scanned through a ton of pictures. I even went so far as to attempt to join so that I can see the application process for myself. I must say that it was quite an eye opening experience. Although the outward projection of anger and hatred has diminished significantly, the values that the Klan hold near and dear to their heart have not changed a bit. They say that they no longer preach hate, now they only preach love.
I guess there's a bridge in the middle of some swamp land that someone wants me to buy also.
You might wonder why I am writing about the Klan. I'm writing for the same reason that I write about Claudette Colvin. I believe that if we have an understanding of the events that shaped our "American Experience" we'll be better positioned to discuss and address similar issues that we're facing today. I'm not a proponent of living in the past, the past is done, dead, and buried. What happened, happened and there's nothing we can do about that. What we can do is use our knowledge of the past to avoid future pitfalls
You can draw your own conclusions as to whether the KKK has changed.
It starts now, lets get this thing done....
Ernest R. Heyward is the Founder and President of the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility Inc.