The world is a really fucked up place, as many of us know! The powers that be have pushed many faces of evil on us – black, brown, white alike have been painted with the brush of the “other” by the state, be it for skin color, nationality, culture or sometimes just the music they enjoy. To me, evil comes in many forms, and one them is the KKK; since 1865, this group of hypocrites has been hellbent on destroying my race. I have family members that were victims of their hatred. But I’m not saying that all racist assholes hide behind white hoods, because many of them wear three-piece suits or a uniform. With everything that is going on in the world now, it’s time to look to the past to see that not much has changed. This 1921 KKK questionnaire reads like an interview to be an American police officer in 2020.
In 1921, white Protestants might receive an invitation to take a test to join the Ku Klux Klan. Presented as a fraternity of true American patriots who’d keep the country pure in the face of post-War immigration, jazz music, bootleggers, Jews, blacks, Catholics and anything else small-town Middle might be encouraged to fear, the KKK had around 1000,000 members. By the mid 1920s the movement was at its strongest with 5 million members. In 1925 David Stephenson (August 21, 1891 – June 28, 1966), the Klan Indiana Grand Dragon and head of recruitment in 20 further States, was found guilty of the abduction, rape, and murder of a young white woman, Madge Oberholtzer, a state education official. With such a prominent and wealthy member (Stephenson made a fortune running the monopoly of Klan clothing and took a cut of each new member’s subs) unmasked as a criminal, membership of the Klan began to fall, and it kept falling when Stephenson revealed the Klan’s grip on Indiana state politics and their racketeering.