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NCJ Number: 122012 Find in a Library
Title: Menace Returns: Mark of the Beast
Journal: Southern Exposure  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1980)  Pages:2-6
Author(s): K Loggins; S Thomas
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: At the beginning of the 1980's, the Ku Klux Klan is undergoing a resurgence, and the "new" Klan's potential for violence cannot be ignored.
Abstract: In 1971, the Ku Klux Klan had slightly more than 4,000 members, a sharp drop from the 16,810 Klansmen reported by a congressional committee in 1967. In 1980, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith estimates Klan membership at around 10,000. For the year ending September 1979, the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Justice Department reported a 450-percent increase in Klan-related activities from the year before. A similar report for the first 2 months of 1980 indicates that the number of Klan incidents across the Nation is still on the rise. As in the past, violence accompanies Klan activities, including killings, shootings, beatings, and vandalism. The violence is not new and neither is the message of racial hatred and bigotry. What is new is that this message is being delivered by Klan leaders who are expert at generating publicity and manipulating the media in promoting the Klan as a family-oriented, civil rights organization committed to justice for whites. The Klan is most dangerous when it is ignored, so this resurgence must be challenged.
Main Term(s): Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
Index Term(s): Race relations; Racial discrimination; Violence causes
Note: Adapted from a series on the Klan in the Nashville "Tennessean."
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