KKK facing extinction?

ADL report shows membership falling to less than 1/10th of a percent of organization's peak

David Rosenberg,

KKK rally
KKK rally
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While the infamous Ku Klux Klan has survived some 150 years, the movement today suffers from dwindling membership and a decline in overall activity.  

The group which once used murder and mob violence to spread terror against African Americans, Catholic immigrants, Jews, and others across wide swaths of the United States has become a marginal organization, with little impact and few activities.

According to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League entitled “Tattered Robes: The State of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States”, the racist movement is slowly headed towards extinction.

While the group once numbered in the millions, and was able to mount public demonstrations with tens of thousands of supporters in the nation’s capital, today the KKK numbers a paltry 3,000 members.

“Despite a persistent ability to attract media attention,” reads the ADL report, “organized Ku Klux Klan groups are actually continuing a long-term trend of decline. They remain a collection of mostly small, disjointed groups that continually change in name and leadership. Down slightly from a year ago, there are currently just over thirty active Klan groups in the United States, most of them very small.”

According to the report, in 2015 the KKK held only three public rallies, a marked decline from the organization’s heyday, when branches across the country held regular public events.

The ADL noted that the KKK is also suffering from long-term leadership problems and a corresponding instability plaguing most of the roughly 30 KKK branches. Of the 30 Klan groups around the country, more than half were founded in the last five years, replacing older groups, typically in the wake of leadership changes.




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