Members of the Ku Klux Klan participate in cross burnings after a “white pride” rally in rural Paulding County near Cedar Town, Ga.
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Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s.Joining the Klan is as easy as filling out an online form – provided you're white and Christian.While the Klan has terrorized minorities during much of the last century, its leaders now present a public front that is more virulent than violent. Klan leaders told the AP that most of today's groups remain small and operate independently, kept apart by disagreements over such issues as whether to associate with neo-Nazis, hold public rallies or wear the KKK's trademark robes in colors other than white.The ADL puts total Klan membership nationwide at around 3,000 .Soon, freed blacks were being terrorized, and the Klan was blamed.Congress effectively outlawed the Klan in 1871, and the group died.Despite trying to rebrand itself, the Klan has not stepped away from burning crosses.
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