What is the Ku Klux Klan, who was KKK Imperial Wizard …

THE Ku Klux Klan returned to prominence thanks toDonald Trump who is cited as a factor in the rise ofright-wing groups in America after they backed him to become president.

Here is the story of the evil group, its history in the US and the meaning behind its members infamous white robes.

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In a nutshell, the Ku Klux Klan (or the KKK) is an extremist hate group who believeall non-Caucasian people are inferior to them.

The group believes that America should be a nation that is free from drugs, homosexuality and immigration.

Claiming to have extreme pride in their nation, they say that they are building a better society for everyone arguing on their website that they are a group not of hate but of love.

Historically, black Americans have been the KKKs main target but more recently it has targeted Jews, immigrants, LGBT people and even Catholics.

Since its formation in 1865, the groups history can be divided into three eras.

The first Klan, founded in Tennessee, was formed by former members of the Confederate army in around 1865.

As a movement it was relatively short-lived at the outset but, as secret vigilantes, the Klan carried out acts of terrorism such as the lynchings, arson, murders, tar-and-featherings, rapes and other violent attacks historically associated with the group. During the first era, these attacks were directed towards anyone who challenged white supremacy.

The second Klan, founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1921, presented itself as a fraternal organisation employing full-time recruiters. At its peak, it was present in every state in America claiming to have at least 4 million members, operations in Canada, and even reportedly some recruiting activity in the UK.

A series of chilling photos were recently unearthed showing babies being baptised by white hooded-figures.

However, the KKKs popularity plummeted to only 30,000 members after a series of scandals.

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The third revival came in the 1960s in opposition to the civil rights movement, which in the Klans eyes threatened segregation.

The KKK name was used by a number of independent groups many members of which were convicted of murders of civil rights workers.

One of the KKKs most violent actions was the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963 an attack which killed four young girls.

Today, it is thought there are at least 5,000 members of various KKK chapters in the United States.

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The KKK refers to its beliefs and practices as Klankraft.

Although they are a secretive group, there is some knowledge of its beliefs and practices which are all based on their white supremacist views.

Incredible imagesgive a chilling insight into white supremacist culture that still exist in all corners of America.

One of the most iconic symbols of the KKK is their white robes, which feature a conical mask. These were adopted by the first Klan, and were intended to add to the terror of their brutal attacks.

As part of their rituals, the KKK carries out cross burnings. Most Christians would say burning a cross is sacrilege but the Klan believe it is lighting it, in a symbol of members faith.

The KKK also use unique titles and greetings among their members with the leaders referred to as Grand or Imperial Wizards.

To this day the KKK attend rallies, and due the United States Constitutions First Amendment, which relates to freedom of speech, their hate speech is legal.

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Frank Ancona, a self-described Imperial Wizard of the Missouri chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was found dead with a gunshot to the head in February 2017.

Ancona, who wrote that the KKKs mission was to preserve white culture and heritage, had been reported missing from his home afterhe told his wife Malissa that he was filing for a divorce.

After being reported missing on February 10, his body was found near the Big River, with the Sheriff describing his death as a tragic and senseless act of violence.

The 51-year-olds wife, Malissa, and her son Paul Edward Jinkerson Jr, 24, have both been charged with his murder.

Authorities believe that Malissa broke into Franks safe to get at his guns so that she could kill him.

Washington County coroner Brian DeClue told The Kansas City Star:It was not self-inflicted.This is now a homicide investigation.

Donald Trumpblasted the KKK and neo-Nazis as repugnant after being criticised for not singling out the far-right violence following the horrific car assault inCharlottesville, Virginia.

Far-right groups had gathered on August 12 to protest the decision to bring down the statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee.

Activist Richard Spencer and formerKu Klux Klanleader David Duke attended the demonstrations.

Heather Hyer, 32, died after being hit by the car, with her family saying she had been marching in a cry for social justice.

During his statement at the White House, the Trump denounced racism as evil and singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis as repugnant.

He said: Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

Trump had attracted criticism for not being strong enough following the terrifying car assault.

David Duke was the Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a chapter of the KKK, from 1974 to 1980.

Before 1975, he was a member of the American Nazi party and is now a Republican.

The 56-year-old, who is an antisemitic conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier, is against what he believes to be the Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, US federal government and the media. He also believes in racial segregation.

Following Donald Trumps election, David Dukethanked Wikileaks and Julian Assange describing the Wikileaks founder as a hero.

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Robb was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1946 to a Baptist family.

He grew up in Tuscon, Arizona, with his parents who shared political views with anti-communist crusaders Kenneth Goff and Joseph McCarthy.

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At the age of 13, Robb claims he became aware of the myth of the Holocaust while reading anti-Communist and anti-Semitic paper Common Sense, written by Conde McGinley, which actively promotes Holocaust denial.

While at high school, Robb joined the John Birch Society a radical, far-right organisation against communism.

He later received a scholarship to attend the Soldiers of the Cross Training Institute in Evergreen, Colorado, which was found by Dr Kenneth Goff.

Robb gained a degree in theology and metRalph Forbes an associate and organiser of George Lincoln Rockwells National Socialist White Peoples Party.

He took over leadership of the KKK in the 1980s after David Duke left but he shunned the original title of Imperial Wizarder and instead opted for National Director.

In 1986, after moving to Boone County, Arkansas, Robb organised aprotest against the Martin Luther King National Holiday in Pulaski, Tennessee, which is the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan.

The event became known as theWhite Christian Heritage Festival and is held each October in Pulaski.

Robb began forming close bonds withother extremists including J. B. Stoner, Ed Fields, Don Black, David Duke, Willis Carto and Michael Collins Piper.

In the 1990s, Robb started spreading the concept that white people were being targeted for genocide.

He has described the Klan asgentle, upbeat, and friendly and publishes official KKK magazine The Crusader.

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