KKK-5-KlanKrimeandKommotion - Klan Krime and Kommotion The Ku Klux Klan has exhibited a certain amount of hatred towards African Americans since its

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Klan Krime and Kommotion The Ku Klux Klan has exhibited a certain amount of hatred towards African Americans since its formation. The first incarceration of the Klan exhibited a high amount of criminal activity, which has extended to the Klans of today. Two of the most popular early crimes associated with the Klan was their lynching and tar-and-feathering, but often these crimes escalated, resulting in murder; usually by hanging. With politicians and police often turning a blind eye, and the number of KKK members often exceeding law-enforcers, Klan violence became extremely popular during their initial existence. The first Ku Klux Klan members were notorious for lynching blacks in the Reconstruction-era South because of its use as a tool for reversing social changes brought on by Federal Occupation. (Great Blacks in Wax) When the Jim Crow Laws were enacted, these practices became even more popular as a way to enforce subservience and to prevent economic competition amongst white Americans. These acts extended through to the 1900’s as a method of resisting the Civil Rights Movement. In areas that were more racially balanced, the KKK engaged in terrorist raids against blacks as well as white Republicans supporting the freed slaves. They engaged in acts such as nighttime raids, intimidation, destruction of property, assault and even murder to achieve its goals in white supremacy and to influence elections to come. As a result of the increasing number of crimes and gained political awareness, President Ulysses S. Grant along with congress, passed the Anti-KKK Act.

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