How media and hate are intertwined – KKK

How a film in 1915 revived the Klan and continues to do so. Media, of all kinds, matters.

“In 1871, Grant signed the most important one — the Ku Klux Klan Act, which gave him authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and use federal troops to arrest and prosecute murderous Klansmen. Several thousand people were indicted under the law, crippling the KKK within a year. Although lynchings and violence against blacks continued, the KKK as an organization was quickly wiped out.”

And then, D.W. Griffith made “The Birth of a Nation,’ and one William J. Simmons, a theatrical local preacher, took inspiration.

Our words matter.  What we refuse to denounce matters.  Hate must be faced down.


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