Marina, Gonzalo and I had to work on the assigment: “Write a newspaper article denouncing the attitudes of the KKK. Look for specific examples of KKK abuse to support your argument against this type of discrimination.”
Group work: (Marina – Nina – Gonzalo)
Here is our Newspaper Article:
Time advances, but mankind does not.
The defect of the nation- Ku Klux Klan
Mankind has sent men to the moon, we have cured deadly diseases, made it accessible to get to pretty much any place in the world in a matter of hours, yet still, there is a portion of the population that hates another.
Who are these hateful people?
The Ku Klux Klan is the name of three movements in the USA, who took extremist, right wing stances such as white supremacy. They are a racist, discriminatory group, whose motives are purely hateful, as they pride themselves on the annihilation of people with different ethnicity or race. Historically, they have used terrorism to intimidate their opposers. The various movements have all called for the ‘purification’ of the United States. This refers to the purging of minorities who the group dislikes. Members of the KKK may vary from the average civilian, to people in places of political power. For example: Senator Robert Byrd, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. This just goes to show how little we have actually advanced as a society, to have people that discriminate the color of one’s skin, in places where their voice is actually heard and respected by many people. Absolutely unacceptable.
What do/did they do?
This despicable alt-right group has been and still are associated with the discrimination of minorities, such as African-Americans, LGBT community, etc. But that is not the worst of it with the KKK, as they take their ideas into action. In the 19th and early 20th century, the KKK would exercise mass killings, lynchings, and all kinds of disgusting crimes you could imagine. And since there were many KKK members in the government, as well as not many rights to protect the minorities, the group could practically roam free without consequence. They would also organize cross burnings and mass parades to intimidate those who they disliked. They performed public acts of violence, such as burning houses, attacking and killing black people and even leaving their bodies on the roads, to send a message.
Why they need to be stopped
Many people argue that it’s their right to freedom of speech, and that as long as they’re not hurting anyone, then there’s no issue. But the problem is that the movement they believe in, involved killing non-white, non-Christian people. So why should they have a right to say and do such things if their intention is to bring harm to others?
Public violence is obviously illegal, that too with violent acts.
The group, KKK has been publicly active since XIX, showing signs of public hatred, violence, and also to this day, murder in both private and public places.
Racism, white supremacy, violence, and hatred are not protected under the first amendment, so these people, the white-supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, don’t have the rights to publicly protest the way they do.
On August of this year, 2017, a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent on Saturday the 12th, leaving one counter-protester dead, dozens injured, and 23 people arrested. Ever since the day of that accident, civilians against the white-nationalist group raised questions about how authorities should balance the right to free speech and public safety.
Over the last 150 years, the Ku Klux Klan has been reported to have committed acts of racism, homophobia, kidnap, torture, murder, and extremacy.
So, if there is a group, such as the one mentioned, causing wreak havoc on public places, since XIX, should they really be allowed to keep on doing what they have been doing? Should they really be allowed to walk on the streets, wearing that white hat and robe? posing a danger to every civilian who is not perfect in their eyes?
There is something that can be done, so why don’t they do it?
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” -Martin Luther King, Jr. In this quote, Martin Luther King Jr., someone who fought the KKK white supremacy movement, talks about how he believes one should not be judged by something they cannot control, such as skin color, whereas they should be judged, by something they can control, such as their character. This goes against what the KKK say, as they discriminate by the color of one’s skin, not by one’s character.