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KKK calls Michael Brown shooter 'hero,' raises money for him

KKK calls Michael Brown shooter 'hero,' raises money for him

FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 15 (UPI) --The Ku Klux Klan said it was raising money on behalf of the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday.
Gabrielle Levy
Ku Klux Klan giving out 'Kandy' to recruit new members in South Carolina

Ku Klux Klan giving out 'Kandy' to recruit new members in South Carolina

SENECA, S.C., July 16 (UPI) --Residents in South Carolina awoke Sunday morning to find bags of candy left by the Ku Klux Klan as part of its thrice yearly "Night Ride" recruitment drive.
JC Sevcik
Two Florida police officers off the force after FBI ties them to the Ku Klux Klan

Two Florida police officers off the force after FBI ties them to the Ku Klux Klan

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla., July 14 (UPI) --Two police officers in Fruitland Park, Florida are off the force after an FBI investigation exposed the men's ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
JC Sevcik
Klan rally in Gettysburg: 'We are taking back this land'

Klan rally in Gettysburg: 'We are taking back this land'

GETTYSBURG, Pa., June 30 (UPI) --The Ku Klux Klan held a rally in Gettysburg Saturday, promoting the ideals of white supremacy and attempting to recruit new members.
Matt Bradwell
Philadelphia man outed as Ku Klux Klan 'grand dragon'

Philadelphia man outed as Ku Klux Klan 'grand dragon'

PHILADELPHIA, June 25 (UPI) --A member of a local town watch in Philadelphia has been forced out for distributing literature for a Northeast chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
Matt Bradwell
Gutierrez: Congressional staffer who compared GOP to KKK will be disciplined

Gutierrez: Congressional staffer who compared GOP to KKK will be disciplined

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) --State Rep. Luis Gutierrez will discipline his staffer for offensive comments made linking the contemporary Republican party to the Ku Klux Klan in its heyday.
Matt Bradwell
Gubernatorial candidate plans to hand out Ku Klux Klan hoods to Wisconsin Republicans

Gubernatorial candidate plans to hand out Ku Klux Klan hoods to Wisconsin Republicans

MADISON, Wis., May 2 (UPI) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brett Hulsey plans to hand out Ku Klux Klan hoods at Wisconsin GOP convention, calling them "Republican Party hats."
Evan Bleier
UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 1, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 1, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 1, 2014
By United Press International
Ku Klux Klan establishes neighborhood watch in Pennsylvania

Ku Klux Klan establishes neighborhood watch in Pennsylvania

FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP, Pa., April 22 (UPI) -- The Ku Klux Klan distributed fliers announcing its neighborhood watch program in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania in response to a recent crime wave in the area.
JC Sevcik

N.J. high school wrestlers won't be charged for 'lynching' photo

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J., April 18 (UPI) -- A group of high school wrestlers who posed with a hanging dummy for a photo that went viral will not face criminal charges, a prosecutor says.
Frances Burns
White supremacist could face death penalty for killings outside Jewish community center

White supremacist could face death penalty for killings outside Jewish community center

OLATHE, Kan., April 15 (UPI) -- A white supremacist charged with killing three people outside Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas, was formally charged with capital murder Tuesday.
Frances Burns
Illinois KKK group leader talking about rival Imperial Wizard: 'He ain’t even white'

Illinois KKK group leader talking about rival Imperial Wizard: 'He ain’t even white'

NEW LENOX, Ill., April 4 (UPI) -- Two KKK groups in Illinois, the Loyal White Knights and the Traditionalist American Knights, are fighting about whether one of their leaders is "white" enough.
Evan Bleier
Florida man displays KKK flag and puts 'Members Wanted' sign outside his trailer

Florida man displays KKK flag and puts 'Members Wanted' sign outside his trailer

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- A Boca Raton man placed a KKK flag, Confederate flag, noose and “Members Wanted” sign outside his trailer.
Evan Bleier

Man indicted, accused of threats against president, courthouse

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida grand jury has indicted a prison inmate for allegedly threatening to kill President Barack Obama and blow up the Orlando federal courthouse.

KKK fliers found in Chicago suburb

TINLEY PARK, Ill., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Police in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Ill., say they do not know who left Ku Klux Klan literature on several driveways recently.
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About 25 white-robed Ku Klux Klan members holding a rally outside Rockville, Maryland 11/6/1982 where police outnumbered Klan members 10 to 1.
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Ku Klux Klan, often abbreviated KKK and informally known as The Klan, is the name of three distinct past and present far-right organizations in the United States, which have advocated extremist reactionary currents such as white supremacy, white nationalism, and anti-immigration, historically expressed through terrorism. Since the mid-20th century, the KKK has also been anti-communist. The current manifestation is splintered into several chapters and is classified as a hate group.

The first Klan flourished in the South in the 1860s, then died out by the early 1870s. Their iconic white costumes consisted of robes, masks, and conical hats, and were designed to be outlandish and terrifying. The second KKK flourished nationwide in the early and mid 1920s, and adopted the same costumes and code words as the first Klan, while introducing cross burnings. The third KKK emerged after World War II and was associated with opposing the civil rights movement and progress among minorities. All incarnations of the Klan have well-established records of engaging in terrorism, though historians debate how widely the tactic was supported by the membership of the second KKK.

The first Klan was founded in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee by veterans of the Confederate Army. Although it never had an organizational structure above the local level, similar groups across the South adopted the name and methods. Klan groups spread throughout the South as an insurgent movement during the Reconstruction era in the United States As a secret vigilante group, the Klan focused its anger reacted against Radical Republicans and sought to restore white supremacy by threats and violence, including murder, against black and white Republicans. In 1870 and 1871 the federal government passed the Force Acts, which were used to prosecute Klan crimes. Prosecution of Klan crimes and enforcement of the Force Acts suppressed Klan activity. In 1874 and later, however, newly organized and openly active paramilitary organizations, such as the White League and the Red Shirts, started a fresh round of violence aimed at suppressing Republican voting and running Republicans out of office. These contributed to segregationist white Democrats regaining political power in all the Southern states by 1877.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ku Klux Klan."
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