Ku Klux Klan description…

February 14, 2011

Mississippi plan for KKK leader license plate criticized

GRAHAMThe KKK was a secret racist group active after the Civil War and well into the 20th century. Wearing White robes and masks, KKK mobs sometimes lynched blacks without trial.

While it is strictly true that the KKK conducted no trials, pointing this out implies that the blacks they lynched had committed a crime, and that the KKK was some kind of vigilante group, and not terrorists. It would be far, far more accurate to say, “The KKK routinely murdered blacks in public lynchings.”

M.C.L.

The phrase “without trial” doesn’t seem to be needed in that sentence anyway, since taking action without legal authority is part of the very definition of the word lynch: GBU Editor

File photo showing a Ku Klux Klan member during a demonstration in Huntsville, Texas on June 22, 2000  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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