02 February 2013

A Secret History: The Ku Klux Klan

"The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it."

Simon Wiesenthal

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.”

Reinhold Neibuhr

"Keep America American."

Ku Klux Klan slogan from the 1920's

Most nations have things in their past which they wish to forget.

And they obscure them in a mythos, with a false memory of their own self-righteousness.

But to forget them is to invite their return, in words that are echoes of the past, and the objectification of 'the other' as they choose to define them.

Like financial frauds, the sins of the past keep coming back with new names, but the same old words and false propositions.