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Ku Klux Klan: Recurring Hate in America (From Hate Crime: The Global Politics of Polarization, P 51-82, 1998, Robert J. Kelly and Jess Meghan, eds. -- See NCJ-179424)

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Robert J. Kelly
Date Published
32 pages
This essay examines activities and philosophies of today’s Ku Klux Klan.
Today’s Ku Klux Klan closely resembles the German Skinheads and neo-Nazis in its methods, target groups and ideological orientation and deftly exploits a brittle, highly competitive American job market weakened by massive restructurings in the economy; tensions over newcomers from Asia, Africa and Latin America; and legislative reforms involving gay and feminist political programs. The Klan is committed to white supremacy and purveys fear of racial contamination through its loose affiliation with the Christian Identity Movement. The Movement believes that mythic Aryans are the true descendants of Israel and, true to Hitler’s prophecies of a “master race,” have been chosen to dominate the entire world. However, their current ambitions are focused on containing and controlling minority social mobility in the political economy of the United States. Figures, notes