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  •  Go, and honor his memory. (17+ / 0-)

    But please, OS, do not dismiss the Klan as "a shadow of its former self."  People don't realize how much power it still has in many parts of the country, my home state included.  Yes, a lot of it's underground now, so to speak,  but it's still very active, and every bit as virulent.  A lot of it now goes by the name of the militia movement, but it's the same thing.  They are still here, and they still wield far too much power - and in some ways, it's more dangerous now because people don't realize it.  And they have picked up enormous strength from the teabaggers.

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    by Aji on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 08:09:32 PM PDT

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    •  Good observation, my friend. (16+ / 0-)

      I was not being dismissive of the Klan, but my comment was in reference to the fact that people no longer tremble in their homes at night fearing a visit from the Klan. I am old enough to remember the Klan at a time when it was at the height of its power. Unafraid of being visible to the point that huge numbers of Klansmen marched in Presidential inaugural parades wearing their white robes. Politicians were openly afraid of them.

      You are so right about the danger of an unseen empire of virulent racism. My work takes me into jail and prison settings quite often. I see the tattoos and shaven heads of the new breed of domestic terrorist and have talked with them about their views of white power. They are immensely dangerous, but the fact is, the average citizen is unaware of them.  It truly is an "invisible empire." One of my business partners is in a racially mixed marriage. He and his wife would have been taking their lives in their hands if they had been seen in public around here when I was young. So, to some extent, the Klan and its offspring has lost a lot of its power to terrorize.  But, like you, I worry about the teabagger movement reviving some old racist traditions, making them feel safe to come out into the light again.

      It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. - Ansel Adams

      by Otteray Scribe on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 08:22:08 PM PDT

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      •  Apologies, my dear - (11+ / 0-)

        "dismiss" was a poor choice of words on my part.  I didn't mean to imply that you were not paying attention.  You clearly get it.

        Yes, I agree with you on all points.  In someone's diary last week - might have been BK - we were talking about local institutions like bars and social clubs.  The kind of place that's been in a town or neighborhood as long as anyone can remember, all the locals have gone there, and several of them still do.  But they always have three-word names, and each word begins with the letter "K."  Mom's town, last I knew, still had one, with a the last word being Klub, IIRC.  And no one talks about it, because it's not respectable, but everyone knows what they were - and still are.

        I know lots of folks here think we should just dismiss the teabaggers and their pols, but I don't.  My family has seen first-hand what they can do.  They scare me.

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        by Aji on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 08:29:08 PM PDT

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