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When did KKK = terrorists?

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posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:18 AM
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I don't remember the KKK being labeled a terrorist organization when I was growing up. I don't remember hearing the word "terrorist" much at all growing up, until 9/11.

So, I read in an encyclopedia that the KKK is a terrorist organization... but I'm wondering if anyone can remember when we first regarded the KKK as such.




posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:19 AM
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I bet a fair few black folk regarded them as terrorists from day one or should that be night one.



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:21 AM
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Well, The Ku Klux Klan did terrify people who did not agree with in the begging of their formation. So, you can say when they formed after the Civil War.



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:24 AM
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Probably around the time when African Americans began to try and escape from plantations and or ask for equal rights? I remember being told that at one point the KKK were actually in a way good nature'd people who would go after men who would torment/torture their wives. Now whether this is true or not I cannot confirm or deny and do not have a link to back it up with sad to say. Though as of today the way in which they conduct themselves in certain places against the African American community I would say their intentions are terrorist.

P.S. I am African American - Don't want people getting the wrong idea of what I wrote to be in line with what the KKK advocate. Just thought I'd throw this out.



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:26 AM
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Maybe not in so many words, but yeah, it's safe to say that the Ku Klux Klan qualifies as a terrorist group...

Ask any of the victims terrorized over the years.

When Nathan Bedford Forrest created, or helped create it, that was the entire intent...to terrorize both the freed blacks in the South after the civil war, and the white "carpetbaggers" who had come to the south from the north.

The apex of the Klan was, I feel, the 1920's and 30's. The power of the Klan was felt throughout the nation, not just the south. Fortunately, it has fallen on bad times of late, and is of little concern outside certain areas of the South and Western United States...



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:29 AM
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The Klan was founded just after the Civil War to combat, in their view, the excess' of Reconstruction. Namely, the freeing of slaves, and the rise of the Republican party due to the carpetbagging Northerners...

Odd, isn't it? The Republican party were the enemies of the Klan during the Reconstruction period, whilst the democrats were the party of Jim Crow... Odd how things have supposedly reversed over the years...



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:35 AM
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They're actually a recognized non-profit organization by the government.

Er...not that I would know anything about the KKK.

What?

That's a Halloween ghost costume.



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:37 AM
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Wow that is interesting, I should honestly look more of this up or at least ask my relatives when I go down south this summer. Sure is funny how things become reversed, but I do suppose it all begins to balance itself out as each party begins to try and change the ways in which they did things in the past. Namely how you stated Democrats were against while republicans were for. If it is say to assume I would say that perhaps the Republicans of today seek to preserve what they have created over the years, while the democrats want to wrong their past of what they thought was good.

Thinking of it in that way seems to make some sense to me, but then again there is probably something hidden that I am missing that could explain the thought and behavior better.

Either way thanks for clarifying
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posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:37 AM
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The moment they started terrorising American citizens they became terrorists.... Whether they like it or not, African Americans are Americans...... They need to be left in the past where they belong and forcibaly disbanded...


Or.....






posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:44 AM
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It's wikipedia, so there may be some errors in it... But this link will get you started. It can be disturbing reading... Southern Poverty Law Center will have information that you'd find useful, should you be so inclined.

The KKK

They're a bunch of real winners... I've had encounters with them and their various off shoots over the years...



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:45 AM
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Mocked...

Mocked is the word you're looking for. If there is one thing that a bigot can not stand...it's mockery.



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:52 AM
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Anymore, anyone or group who speaks their mind publicly is automatically branded a terrorist. Left wing, right wing, demoncrat, or republican does not matter in the government view.

The KKK has never been a civic organization and has a long history that uses, for any other lack of words, terrorist tactics on minorities and religions outside the traditional southern Baptists.

I would venture a guess and say not all KKK organizations are tax exempt. Can I see a list of their funding from open sources that churches and other tax exempt organizations file? I doubt it. Membership fees would be included.



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:57 AM
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Thanks for the link, don't know why I didn't think of the Wikipedia site.
. I know of the KKK and such just don't know them as deeply, hopefully this will shed a bit more light on it.



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:57 AM
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Originally posted by Yissachar1





I could be wrong but isn't this the group "the Original Boyz in the Hood"



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 12:33 PM
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Here's a little history on the Klan, apparently the government recognized their terrorist tendencies and took action against them starting in 1871.




The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is a white supremacist organization that was founded in 1866. Throughout its notorious history, factions of the secret fraternal organization have used acts of terrorism—including murder, Lynching, Arson, rape, and bombing—to oppose the granting of Civil Rights to African Americans. Deriving its membership from native-born, white Protestant U.S. citizens, the KKK has also been anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic, and has opposed the immigration of all those it does not view as "racially pure."

Other names for the group have been White Brotherhood, Heroes of America, Constitutional Union Guards, and Invisible Empire.

Origins and Initial GrowthEx-Confederate soldiers established the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1866. They developed the first two words of the group's name from the Greek word kuklos, meaning "group or band," and took the third as a variant of the word clan. Starting as a largely recreational group, the Klan soon turned to intimidating newly freed African Americans. Riding at night, the Klan terrorized and sometimes murdered those it opposed. Members adopted a hooded white costume—a guise intended to represent the ghosts of the Confederate dead—to avoid identification and to frighten victims during nighttime raids.

The Klan fed off the post-Civil War resentments of white southerners—resentment that centered on the Reconstruction programs imposed on the South by a Republican Congress. Under Reconstruction, the North sought to restructure southern society on the basis of racial equality. Under this new regime, leading southern whites were disfranchised, while inexperienced African Americans, carpetbaggers (northerners who had migrated to the South following the war), and scalawags (southerners who cooperated with the North) occupied major political offices.

Shortly after the KKK's formation, Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former slave trader and Confederate general, assumed control of the organization and turned it into a militaristic, hierarchical entity. In 1868, Forrest formally disbanded the group after he became appalled by its growing violence. However, the KKK continued to grow, and its atrocities worsened. Drawing the core of its membership from ex-Confederate soldiers, the KKK may have numbered several hundred thousand at its height during Reconstruction.

In 1871, the federal government took a series of steps to counter the KKK and its violence. Congress organized a joint select committee made up of seven senators and 14 representatives to look into the Klan and its activities. It then passed the civil rights act of 1871, frequently referred to as the Ku Klux Klan Act, which made night-riding a crime and empowered the president to order the use of federal troops to put down conspirators by force. The law also provided criminal and civil penalties for people convicted of private conspiracies—such as those perpetrated by the KKK—intended to deny others their civil rights.

Read more: The free dictionary



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 10:31 PM
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Wow, so many responses and not one answer to the question.

For those of you above, please read the thread linked in my sig.

Otherwise, can anyone answer my question? Around when did we label the KKK as terrorists? Simple question which requires a simple answer.

Thanks



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:14 PM
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Me thinks I have an answer.

They were branded terroist after they were they were infiltrated by Neo-Nazi groups who had similar ideas. True racism was at the forefront of both groups but in the end the nazis gave them a worse impression than they could manage on there own. The modern clan has went underground and is hardly ever heard of anymore.

And NO I am not one nor do I indorse them. However I rank them with guys of the like Naacp, Aclu, Socialist Democrats and Ms13.



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:20 PM
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1999.

In 1999, the city council of Charleston, South Carolina passed a resolution declaring the Klan to be a terrorist organization.[



posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 11:27 PM
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When you lynch people to scare them into submission that is terrorism.

Government sponsored terrorism is also still terrorism.

IRS, FBI, Secret Service, ATF, etc.

You use fear & violence or threats of it to shepherd people around.

An excellent reason to always support a reasonable 2nd amendment.



posted on Apr, 26 2010 @ 01:09 PM
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Originally posted by space cadet
1999.

In 1999, the city council of Charleston, South Carolina passed a resolution declaring the Klan to be a terrorist organization.[


Thanks. One sentance out of all these people answered my question. Coincidentally, this info is available right there on wikipedia.

Star4u, and thanks!!



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