Ku Klux Klan Essay

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TODAY’S WEEKLY EDITORIAL: TODAY’S WEEKLY EDITORIAL: ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THE KU KLUX KLAN UPRISING! “Papa, papa, where are you?” would cry a vulnerable child for little does she know that he was abducted and most likely killed because of his skin color. How can one simply describe this? I would describe it as sickening and wretched. Today, in the 1960s, we still experience the ruthless acts that show the cracks of injustice. Through many years The Ku Klux Klan was known to be violent, in response for having different beliefs on who rightfully deserves equality. Now with the Civil Rights Movement afoot, history is repeating itself, making our little hope of being protected smaller. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: This Klan was first formed right after the American Civil War, where the Union Army was fighting to free slaves and to give them educational opportunities as whites. In 1867, Congress passed the first Reconstruction Act, where the South was now divided into five military districts, each under a major general. The act also included an amendment that offered readmission to the Southern states after they had ratified the Fourteenth Amendment and guaranteed adult male suffrage. Therefore, African American men got the right to vote. This was an excellent step towards achieving equal rights for African Americans. However, in 1867, local Ku Klux Klan established in Nashville. During the next two years Klansmen, being the nasty men that they are, wore masks, white cardboard hats and draped in white sheets, tortured and killed black Americans and sympathetic whites. Between 1868 and 1870 the Ku Klux Klan played a

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