Terrorism is not a new thing in the history of this country. Groups of hate filled people called the Ku Klux Klan terrorized black folk in the South after the Civil War. This group of terrorist have to accept the infamous distinction of being “the first” terrorist in the history of America. There were terrorist here before September 11. Blacks, Jews, Native Americans and other minorities learned to live with these terrorist burning crosses and bombing churches. Innocent children were killed in a church bombing in Alabama- this happened before terrorism came from outside our borders. They were called Knights of the KKK. The KKK’s name is derived from the word kuklos which means circle or wheel. Membership to this terrorist group is restricted to WASP ( White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). At night they donned white sheets, pointed hats and concealed their identity by covering their faces.
Slavery was legal in the United States from 1776-1865. The first leader of the KKK was Nathan Bedford Forrest in 1865, they began in Pulaski Tennessee. They were educated men who knew their purpose and their plan. The Klan recruited members at church, believe it or not.
There was a film by D.W. Griffith called “The Birth of a Nation” that gave these extremist momentum. In the film, The Birth of a Nation, black males were portrayed as crazed men (boys) obsessed with raping white women, even with the threat of being lynched looming over them. During the years that followed, many black males were castrated and lynched from trees in this country by the Ku Klux Klan.
This film had a quote from President Woodrow Wilson that also supported this radical extreme view, the quote said.
“The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation — .until at least there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the southern country.”
The film gave a super endorsement and reinforcement to the Klan to continue their heinous activities. It is ironic because there seems to be a parallel in language and hidden meanings in language today since we have a Black President. There have been some upgrades to the Ku Klux Klan’s image and mode of operation. David Duke, an educated racist came along in the late 70’s and 80’s as a forerunner of words with hidden meanings- used suggestive language to upgrade their rhetoric from the” cow pasture to the hotel meeting rooms.”
Today we have in the House of Representative tea-party caucus leader Rep. Michele Bachmann, from Minn., who gives a good example of what we are talking about. She is asking supporters to rally against the “gangster government.” Terrorism is being subtly supplied with encouragement. Sarah Palin’s use of “don’˜t retreat but reload,” is highly suggestive of glorifying violence. A radio host who makes a living by using words crafted in a clever manner but loaded with suggestive and incitive words is also reminiscent of dialogue from years gone by. These are veiled terrorist threats and they don’t come from abroad. Do you think Blacks are comfortable with this language? Do they think-it would not be happening if the President wasn’t Black? Terrorist don’t all come from the Middle East as we are lead to believe. Anyone can feel threatened. Indeed. Now, a Congresswoman has been shot. Six people are dead, including a nine-year-old innocent child. Why? Someone was probably incited to violence because they took serious veiled terrorist language.
When the Ku Klux Klan intimidated their victims they did not have to answer for their crimes in a court of law. One example is the story of a fourteen-year-old black boy named Emmett Till; he was murdered in Money, Mississippi for whistling at a white woman.
Michael Donald was lynched in 1981. He had not committed any offense against anyone, except he was Black and therefore that was enough for the Klan to lynch him.
The Word of God says, “Men love darkness because their deeds are evil.”
This is the history of our country. It is not always exemplary but it is our history. Textbooks should reflect what happened so that history will not repeat it. Slavery happened and the Holocaust happened. No one needs to be bitter about it but we can all be made better by knowing the truth. Hate motivated America’s home grown terrorist and religion motivates the terrorist from the Middle East. What do they have in common? Fear and selfishness.