Tag: KKK

GOP Lawmaker’s Celebration Of KKK Leader Forces Racial Reckoning In Alabama

The backlash to Alabama State Rep. Will Dismukes’s celebration of the 1st KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest marks a shift in the state — or at least a beginning. It happened again in Alabama. A clueless local politician, state Rep. Will Dismukes, a Republican from the white-flight Montgomery suburb of Prattville, attended the annual… Continue reading “GOP Lawmaker’s Celebration Of KKK Leader Forces Racial Reckoning In Alabama”

In Memphis, A Battle Over The First KKK Leader’s Statue

Memorials and the radical right: the descendants of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest seek to honor their forefather’s violent racism.  So now the battle over memory of the American Civil War has come to this: The descendants of the Ku Klux Klan’s first national leader have filed a lawsuit complaining that removing his statue from… Continue reading “In Memphis, A Battle Over The First KKK Leader’s Statue”

A Populist’s Path: From Advocate of the People to Inspiration for the KKK

Tom Watson promoted himself as a leading voice of Southern white supremacy, nostalgically evoking images of the “Old South” that drew legitimacy from its grounding in a combination of Jeffersonian political theory and cultural agrarianism. In 2012, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Georgia, the most southern of the original colonial states.… Continue reading “A Populist’s Path: From Advocate of the People to Inspiration for the KKK”

Recent Splits & Spills in the American Radical Right

The American radical right has almost always been fractured, riven by red-hot splits over ideology, raw power, and an unrelieved series of petty fights revolving around sex, drugs, money, and over-inflated egos. A neo-Nazi leader sneers at the “freaks and weaklings” who inhabit other hate groups. One Klansman shoots another over the theft of a… Continue reading “Recent Splits & Spills in the American Radical Right”

Book Review: ‘Bring the War Home’ by Kathleen Belew

University of Chicago historian Kathleen Belew’s new book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, claims to be the first complete history of the contemporary American radical right. And while that claim is certainly exaggerated, it is a serious book that gets much right. As the title suggests, the book links… Continue reading “Book Review: ‘Bring the War Home’ by Kathleen Belew”