The Ku Klux Klan's Effect On The Civil Rights Movement

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According to the law, civil rights are something that everyone is granted. However, history has shown that this has not always been the case. In the United States, civil rights are supposed to be for all people. Throughout history, there have been many disagreements in the Civil Rights Movement. One group who shared a negative opinion about the advancement of black people is the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan opposed equal rights between whites and blacks and used violence to show their opinion. The Ku Klux Klan also known as the KKK or the Klan, had a large, negative impact on the long struggle for civil rights. The KKK impacted the Civil Rights Movement by killing or lynching both black and white people who fought for equal rights. For…show more content…
Much of the damage they did was to scare blacks into accepting that they were hated and even though they had legal rights, they should not use them or practice them. The KKK scared black people away from rights like voting, freedom of speech and leadership positions. One example of how the KKK scared blacks from practicing their rights was “in 1964 when a bomb planted by the Klan killed 1 black person registering to vote and 2 white northern supporters helping people register.” ( Another time was when Viola Lee Liuzzo was killed for driving and organizing freedom marches and speaking out. The hate Klan used violence to control the people who believed in equal rights. Violent crimes like the Birmingham church bombing affected not only the innocent people who were hurt, killed or lost a loved one in the bombing but, people in the community who were scared to…show more content…
There are many other hate groups that hate other things such as religion, equality for woman, and many other changes that happen around the world. What caused these groups to hate so much? Why did the KKK especially feel the need to kill and lynch hundreds of people? There are many possible explanations that might be part of where the hate came from. When talking about the Ku Klux Klan, possible reasons to why they hated so much was that that's how they were raised. They were taught to look down at African Americans and when they got the opportunity to be equal, it caused them to hate. It could also be possible that early members´ parents of the KKK had blacks as slaves at one time. There are many possibilities to why members of any hate group hate the opposing group and it's also likely that members shared the hate for different

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