Did you think The Ku Klux Klan was gone or, at least, a shriveled remnant of its former self? Well, if you did, you’d be wrong. The Ku Klux Klan still bills itself as “Bringing a Message of Hope and Deliverance to White Christian America” — as though white, Christian Americans needed deliverance from anything or anyone, or as if they needed more hope than the minorities whom The Klan has been criminally persecuting vigorously since 1865.
Now, Memphis, Tennessee, which currently has a majority of African American citizens, has just renamed three parks which, prior to this, had been dedicated to The Confederacy. One of these parks includes the grave of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a famous Civil War General who was the first Grand Wizard of the KKK back in the 1860s.
As a result of the re-dedication of these parks a man identifying himself simply as “Edward,” and referring to himself as The Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, has called for a rally in Memphis and claims that Klansmen will be converging from all over the nation to display the white robes and hood that convey a justified sense of terror to those of any skin color.
The KKK and its members have every right to assemble and to say whatever they wish, no matter how much it revolts the likes of us, but it certainly gives us pause to think that there is still an organized group of American citizens who hate even more than The Tea Party — even as they claim that their message is one of love.
Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.