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Racism Analysis

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?I have a dream that my four little children will one day live
in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their
skin but by the content of their character?

(Martin Luther King Jr.)

Ku Klux Klan. Neo Nazis. The Aryan Nations. The American Nazi
Party. What are these groups? Why are they present in a land of
supposed equality of all men? They are there because there are
millions of Americans that believe in their message of white
pride. The African American population is growing and Americans
are now a mixed group of people. Black people are white people's
neighbours, doctors, friends. With a growing unity between the
two races, why does racism continue? The answer is simple.
Racists from many years ago raise their kids in clans and white
supremacy groups and teach them the ways of hatred. These kids
grow up ?brain-washed? that black people are their enemies and,
taught by example, will continue this trend (The Volume Library;
The Ku Klux Klan has been around since the end of the civil war.
It is a roller coaster of a history. From extreme power, to
rapid decline, and slow reemergence (Software Toolworks
Encyclopedia; 1992). The clan, who is notorious for its violence,
has a relatively innocent beginning. It was formed from some
veterans from the confederate army and was first called the
Kuklos Clan which, in Greek, meant Circle Clan.
One person thought it would be a good idea to call it the ?Ku
Klux Klan? as a parody of the fraternity names which always had
three Greek alphabet letters in it. They created the Clan to be
mischievous and to do it without anyone knowing who they were
which accounts for their costumes and masks. They, like most
whites, were upset that the black people were free because black
people were a constant reminder of ...

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