Tallahassee residents marched to the capitol on Thurs., Apr. 9 in protest of the Klan. (Photo: James Papastavros/FSView)
Founded by Confederate veterans in the aftermath of the American Civil War, the racist, white supremacist hate group the Ku Klux Klan (or KKK for short) is currently at their nadir of power and influence. When once they boasted a following of up to 6 million members, they’ve now been reduced to the four-digit thousands across the nation. A recent effort to increase Klan recruitment involved distributing flyers throughout the Leon County area.
In an effort to combat local Klan presence, as well as in response to recent racially charged acts of violence, the Students for a Democratic Society held a “Stand Against the Klan” protest rally last Thursday, April 9. A large group gathered on the FSU campus, mostly comprised of students, to express their anger at the KKK’s propaganda attempt, at the fatal shooting of Michael Scott, the latest in a string of recent police shootings of unarmed black men and at the revelation that three Florida corrections officers, alleged KKK members, plotted to kill a black inmate.
“The rally tonight is to stand against the messages of racial hatred that the KKK has been spreading, as well as their connection to various police departments around the nation,” Shivaani Ehssan, an SDS member said…
Is the KKK really making a comeback? This is seems like an overreaction.