After spending a weekend with the Ku Klux Klan, Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan wrote a piece looking at what the organisation has become.
What he discovered was a group in flux that resembles nothing of the KKK of old. The racism is still there, he writes, but it has morphed into a “daytime talk show trope—a shorthand symbol for despicable racist ignorance that is itself hated in a far greater measure than it can hate others.”
“The Klan of today is not scary, Nolan writes. “It is pitiful.”
Be that as it may, Nolan does manage to uncover a lot about today’s Klan. From their musical preferences to their new media campaign, here are some of the most interesting things we’ve learned about the KKK.
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The KKK knows how to brand themselves. According to Gawker, the Klan sells t-shirts, key chains, Confederate flag-emblazoned ties, potholders, and other assorted souvenirs.
Libertarianism is popular among Klan members. Everyone at the KKK's national conference happened to be Ron Paul supporters.
All in all, the KKK is losing followers, and less than 80 people showed up to its national conference. Many, however, were young children, suggesting that there still will be a next generation of Klansmen.
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