A Dilemma for a Ku Klux Klan Member
Introduction to Literature
Race is a very complex and conflicted issue that has faced our country for quite sometime. The influence of racism and racial prejudice is constantly reflected throughout many different means; media, music, and literature (Brown, 1999). Racism is an attitude, an action, or an institutional organization that subordinates individuals or groups of individuals because of physical characters, such as skin color and body features (Brown, 1999, p.88). Racism has also been thought of a multidimensional construct in that the cognitive, affective, and behavioral aspect of one's personality is targeted to negatively influence other lives.
There are many white supremacy groups that are changing as their culture is transforming into decentralized and non-traditional organizations. Their have been a modification in the individuals allowed to join these groups, how these groups operate, and the possibility of getting out once a member (Kreger, 2003). Youth and college educated members are becoming more well-known in the culture, as well as a rise in female indoctrination into more and more white supremacy groups (Kreger, 2003).
About 25,000 Americans can be considered hardcore ideological activists for the white supremacy movement which only counts for a small portion of the white population (Blee, 2002). There are close to 300 white cultural and religious organizations, yet none of the orders seem to compare. The following is a list of the current and major active white supremacy groups: Aryan Nation
The Holy Order
The Silent Brotherhood
Church of the Creator
Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
United Whites Peoples' Party
These groups have been known to have great hate for all who are not white and have strong philosophies on white ethnicity and orientation (Blee, 2002). Different groups have their own rivalries and controversy, although they still follow the same doctrine of the movement. White supremacy is a serious subject in our society historically and today. These groups have stationed themselves in different areas around the world. Some white supremacy groups are only in certain areas. Many of these groups consider themselves as non-violent and rather challenge the government in efforts to improve their supremacy movement (Almaguer, 1994). Their have been many attempts by these groups to recruit members through many different means including the internet, music, magazines, rallies (Bostdorff, 2004). These efforts of recruitment have shown to be targeted towards a new audience where it may produce more female and youthful members. There are websites that recruit new members to all of the white supremacist groups. Most white supremacists organizations can be found in various locations demographically. There has been large representation of the groups in the United States, Australia, Europe, South Africa, and a bit of Latin America (White Supremacy, 2005). Throughout the years the organization that has grown the fastest is the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan is one the oldest and most frightful groups in the United States for many years. Motivated by the dream of having a world that is only run by one master race, the Ku Klux Klan has been known to display scenes of violence and hate in order to get society to view their foundation (Bostdorff, 2004). The Ku Klux Klan has been in the darkness for over 100 years and has continued to strive even today. Their ideals have revolved around them targeting Blacks and anyone else who stands in the way of the white government.
Recently, there have been more and more sightings and developments of Ku Klux Klan groups in several states. The Ku Klux Klan groups have been marked by many tracking organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (2004). In an article by the Southern Poverty Law...