Filmmaker Dan Murdoch meets America's most infamous supremacist group - the Ku Klux Klan - who say they are in the midst of a revival, with a surge in membership and cross lightings across the Deep South.
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America's most infamous supremacist group - the Ku Klux Klan - says they are in the midst of a revival, with a surge in membership and cross lightings across the Deep South. Filmmaker Dan Murdoch meets the leaders of the Loyal White Knights, who claim to be the largest Klan chapter, to witness first-hand their secretive rituals and hear about why their members choose to don the hood. Klansmen say they are not violent. But when a 21-year-old white man walks into a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and massacres nine black worshippers saying he wants to start a race war, he crystallises the danger of the white supremacist ideology. The film follows events as protests erupt and Black Power groups, including the New Black Panthers, take to the streets to preach their own agenda of black supremacy. And when the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panthers organise rival protests in the South Carolina capital, the two extreme visions of America come violently face to face.
This film is a perfect example of why freedom of expression is not just important, but vital. You could talk yourself blue in the face about what makes groups like the KKK worthless and mindless. Spend hours warning your children to steer clear. But NOTHING can do as much harm as these stupid people proudly proclaiming their mindless beliefs. They number a whopping 5000-8000 in the entire US, many of their 'klans' fighting against each other. Stetson Kennedy's brilliant exposé whittled them down to almost nothing. Now their own words will eventually finish them off. I think this film might help speed that up.
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