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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
MEMPHIS, TN - There is a lot to be angry about if you're in the Ku Klux Klan.
As local leader of the Loyal White Knights, Edward the Exalted Cyclops organized a barbecue last month to make plans for Saturday's demonstration to show that white people still have rights.
Okay Memphis members... You're slipping! tsk tsk... I searched high and low. I even did a string search on the firehose page. Not a KKK, Klan or Klu in sight. Yet we have the honest to God KLAN on the street in Memphis today, complete with their pointy white hats on their pointy little heads, out spreading the message that perhaps America hasn't progressed QUITE as far as we'd like to think we have.
Barker refers to the rally as a "white unity event," and a protest of the council's attempt "to erase white people out of the history books."
To Barker and Edward, the Klan's agenda is pretty simple: Send the immigrants back where they came from, silence the homosexuals and the communists (known as liberals today), promote sobriety and abstinence, end abortion, and discourage the mingling of races in a way "God never intended."
Indeed.... Some segments of society do have their right to free speech. The Klan established that in Skokie, Illinois with the Supreme Court decision defending even their right to parade. However, society can ask the perfectly valid question of why we still have elements like this, so numerous as to form a party to parade with.
Barker claims that the Klan' rightful reputation should include service to the community. Much of the violence blamed on the KKK was the work of those who claimed they were in the Klan but weren't recognized by the organization, he says.
I believe I've heard that line of logic used to excuse things in the recent past by anoth....err.. Nvm. In the interest of ATS harmony, I shall catch myself there.
Seriously though ... The Klan, all decked out and set to ...do whatever it is they do in their bed sheets? In modern day Memphis?
I'm just spitballing here but in my very strong belief, the only way to eliminate racism is by education. Nothing else takes and holds. Nothing else lasts. Judging by this? P.C. to the point of overflowing out the doors isn't an effective approach. We need to try something else for that education side. I really sigh when I think MY Son might see this thing in his world as an adult as well. Surely by then, education will have prevailed. (I'll bet they said that in the 60's and again in the 70's too though)
(Anyone else notice how similar the language used by the Klan is to the language used out of the Westboro kooks?)