posted on Oct, 11 2011 @ 09:47 PM
This little trip back in time begins with a photograph and caption I came across as I flipped through one of my books:
A new member being sworn into the Tiger's Eye Society in 1922. The society's aim was to combat the Klu Klux Klan. The secret society was known
as the invisible jungle and the knights wore black masks and gowns that hid their faces and bodies.
That one blurb was the only mention of the group in the entire book but my curiosity was piqued so I did some searching online. It wasn't the easiest
thing to find but I managed to find an article from that time
Visible Republic and the Invisible
as well as a book that I am hoping to get my hands on
Hooded Knights on the Niagra
The above article talks about how by 1922 the Klan had gone west to California, had infiltrated the Midwestern states and was also growing strong in
the east. This particular story takes place in Buffalo, NY. The purpose of this post is not to explore the social commentary behind these events so
much as shed light on the events surrounding the emergence of the above mentioned society. This is just a peek into a very fascinating story about how
deep seeded discrimination was rife throughout this country and not just the south as many would believe. The Klan was a determined bunch and in the
wake of the white robed gents storming a few churches......peacefully of course
....scaring the hell out of many a kid and old lady and lighting a
fire under the ass of local politics and clergy, the Tiger's eye opened.
From the above article:
Anybody can get a charter for anything and the "Imperial Lair of the Invisible jungle Knights of the Tigers Eye" has recently been incorporated
in New York.
A proclamation issued by the "Eye" says:-
"It is the purpose of the Knights of the Tiger's eye to band together in this fraternity of all men who believe in Law and order,
supremacy of these United States of America and the betterment of mankind in general. Our aim is to sweep away the discording passions which are
caused by religious, political and racial hatred; thereby getting a true fraternal brotherly love between the citizens of our country, regardless of
their racial, religious or social standing in the community. To leave to the individual the manner in which he shall worship God, govern his politics
and conduct his business." It is certainly tolerant in tone, and therefore may not be a grafting concern; for there is no money in
tolerance-the big money is in appealing to the superstitions and prejudices of the ignorant and there is more money in that than even pandering to the
vices of men. (highlighted by me)
As proclamations go...this isn't bad
and the newspaper writer had it right on the money. Shame the same thing still applies and much of society
allows itself to be led by those who line their pockets with their misery. So far I have only been able to find a little about this group so one can
only guess at their membership but I assume it was a colorful bunch.