It has been some time since I’ve written to this blog, but here goes.
This past weekend events in Charlottesville, Virginia has reared the ugly face of fear and the KKK (and other similar extremist groups). Granted a permit to peaceably assemble on Saturday, the group entered town Friday night, marching through with torches in a menacing show that countered their peaceful intentions. No wonder everything went deadly wrong.
Some journalists are looking back at the history. Giving that sort of attention is both good and bad, but sadly it has to be done. Today people may think the extremists are just nuts and don’t mean harm. They mean harm. At the very least they must know the rhetoric makes them fierce. For the rest of us, we’re just wondering if we’re in some bad movie in which none of this exists in our new century.
Back in 1924, at the height of the KKK’s resurgence, a local newspaper, the Maryland and Herald of Princess Anne, devoted a whole page every week to the KKK. It’s shocking to see if you look at it up close. It is all generally national “news” involving the KKK, though some were regional. And there were ads selling everything from the infamous robes, to sheet music, to pocket knives, to hood ornaments. Strange but sadly true.