Terrorism – Parallel to the Southern American terror of the Ku Klux Klan depowered by the Civil Rights Movement.

Terrorism – Parallel to the Southern American terror of the Ku Klux Klan depowered by the Civil Rights Movement.

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The aim of the terrorists is to impose their narrow view on the population, create fear and vent their hatred.

Back in the 1960s the black population of the Southern parts of the United States were subjugated through terror. There were beatings, shootings and killing.

At night men in robes and hoods would ride through a community and place a burning cross in front of any house that had someone who was getting uppity. It was a chilling warning. If unheeded fire-bombing, shooting and murder would result.

The people were terrified.

But after a while brave members of the community began to raise their heads and demand justice. Many of these were shot or lynched. More came along to take up the cause until there were too many marching for the terror to work anymore.

I salute the bravery of those early black activists and the white activists who came down from the North to support them.

Here’s to Martin Luther King, Medgar Evans, Michael Schwerner, James Earl Chaney and Andrew Goodman and all the hundreds of others who died in that struggle.

The virulent racists of the South were defeated just as the hate-filled Islamic jihadists will be.

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2 thoughts on “Terrorism – Parallel to the Southern American terror of the Ku Klux Klan depowered by the Civil Rights Movement.

  1. Excellent Post, Opher. Those fighting for civil rights back in the 60s were courageous beyond measure. They were soldiers who gave their lives for the cause of freedom and the defeat of terror. Having said that, the current War on Terrorism seems to be counter-productive. After 16 years of warfare, bombings, and covert operations, we seem no closer to an end to the terror. Recent events in Britain and other countries in Western Europe attest to the failure of current policies. We need to remedy the source of the hatred that’s driving the extremism.

    • I think the folly of repeated wars in the Middle East has stirred up so much hatred. There are many people suffering and blaming the West. There are many who perceive it as religious.

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