Why are there black KKK members
Documentary "Ku Klux Klan - an American story"Shockingly up-to-date
Burning crosses, torches, racists in hooded robes: "The Ku Klux Klan is the oldest terrorist organization in the USA" - "For 5,000 years the white men has been the supreme race", it says in the documentary.
Inspired by one thought: white power. The whites as a master race. "This secret society, which preaches the supremacy of the whites and the hatred of the blacks, has lived through different times and has risen again and again from the ashes."
The crimes of the Ku Klux Klan have left a bloody trail for 150 years. The two-part Arte documentation meticulously traces the eventful history of this racist secret society. Numerous original documents, photos and documentary film sequences show a frightening picture of the ugly side of God owns country. The land of the free, which under Trump wants to return to racist greatness, which has become very present worldwide, not least because of the fate of people like George Floyd.
The beginnings of the Ku Klux Klan
It all began in the southern United States in 1865, almost like a harmless veteran drinking companionship. They wanted to intimidate the newly freed black slaves with elaborate, ghostly masquerades and "they give their association a mysterious name: Ku-Klux-Klan. - It is said that the name was modeled on the sound of cocking a gun."
Today the number of active members of the Ku Klux Klan is estimated at almost 6,000. No comparison to the politically powerful weddings of the clan and its so-called "invisible realm", especially in the 20s, 50s or 60s. But no less dangerous. Lynchings of black people or civil rights activists became common practice with the aim of "intimidating the entire population. This is how terrorism works, and it has largely succeeded." The atrocities that were publicly exhibited were often not punished by the judiciary.
Glorification in the cinema
"It was a cultural process. It was a drama, a very macabre drama and an attempt to put the law in the hands of vigilantes."
And this process was spurred on by pop culture early on, for example through the first blockbuster in cinema history: David W. Griffith's monumental silent film "Birth Of A Nation" from 1915. It not only fascinated cinema visitors because of its completely new film aesthetics, it also conveyed it also a decidedly racist worldview.
"The Klansmen are not portrayed as criminals, but as advocates of justice."
The Klan also deliberately used their own films and produced music that they broadcast on their own radio stations. Time and again he was the subject of films - from comedian Harold Lloyd to his appearance in one of the first Disney films. Sometimes Superman also fights clan-critically: "In a radio show he fights against a criminal organization that is confusingly similar to the Ku Klux Klan: its name - the Klan of the Cross of Fire."
Documentation gives comprehensive insight
Historians, specialized authors, a former member of the Klan and contemporary witnesses of current racism in the USA complement the very informative and detailed documentary that is not out to seek for effects, but with terrifying image documentation of tortured or lynched people, it shows how quickly disdain for human beings can happen and master-man ideology can turn into pure violence and also solidify institutionally.
"The members of the KKK knew how to whip people and which branch to hang them on in order to achieve a certain effect."
The documentary covers a wide range, remains chronological and shows, especially in the second part, how the judiciary and the police were approving or actively involved in the terrorist activities. There were always bans, but depending on the political situation, the clan revived. Even when the black population resisted racial segregation in the 1960s.
References to current politics
At times, the Klan had four million members, it had connections to the Nazis and is currently reuniting with neo-Nazi groups in the USA. The - according to Trump’s blatant request - should be ‘prepared’ for whatever for the time after the election in the USA. - A shockingly up-to-date documentary covering nearly 150 years of American history. Worth seeing.
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