Friday, January 28, 2005

The KKK Between the Tigris and Euphrates

Amid the threats by the Iraq "insurgents" warning against voting in the upcoming election roams the ghost of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK rose out of the ashes of the defeated Confederacy ostensibly to protect the virtue of the white womanhood but of course that was merely shorthand for maintaining the antebellum social order of white privilege. Nevertheless, the parallels between the Klan and Iraq "insurgents" is lost on the talking heads tasked with explaining the situation to an American public, ingornant of even its own tumultuous history.

The Klan was the most successful home grown terrorist organization the United States has ever produced. It reached its pinnacle during the 1920's claiming as its members Supreme Court Justices and U.S. Senators. All of this some sixty years after the South was defeated. The Klans whites only mantra was still potent enough the claim the lives of Medgar Evers and Chaney, Scherner and Goodman at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960.

All of this is simply to point out that there are Americans who can relate to what the Iraqis are going through; that the stakes for Blacks in post-reconstruction America were similar to those confronting the Iraqis today; that the dark places of hatred and fear that birthed the suicide bombers at one time birthed a legion of crossburners.


Blogger mythrandir said...

While this could apply to some of the terrorist/insurgent types, specifically some of the Baathist movement, we believe that the "insurgency" as a whole is becoming more nationalist and anti-American because of the occupation. Certainly that is the reason that many unemployed Iraqis are joining the fight against the Americans.

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