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Truth, Reconciliation, and the Ku Klux Klan

Truth, Reconciliation, and the Ku Klux Klan ESSAY .................... David Cunningham "[Trials are] about individual culpability, not about the system as a whole. Trials set up an `us versus them' dynamic. A trial is not about our complicity. It makes it look like they're guilty, not us." --Paul van Zyl, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission senior staff member One of the Eisenhower Commission's primary targets was the Ku Klux Klan, linked at that point to hundreds of acts of racial terror perpetrated by some of its approximately 17,000 dues-paying members. In 1964, the FBI had identified seventeen independent "Klans"--the largest of which, by far, was the United Klans of America. Billy Flowers, an Exalted Cyclops of the Johnston County chapter of the UKA, stands in front of his billboard on the outskirts of Smithfield, North Carolina, photographed by Pete Young, courtesy of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. n June 21, 2005, exactly forty-one years after the murder of Civil Rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman in Neshoba County, Mississippi, former Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen was convicted on manslaughter charges for those crimes. The national press widely framed the outcome of his high-profile trial as belated justice served, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Truth, Reconciliation, and the Ku Klux Klan

Southern Cultures , Volume 14 (3) – Aug 19, 2008

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ESSAY .................... David Cunningham "[Trials are] about individual culpability, not about the system as a whole. Trials set up an `us versus them' dynamic. A trial is not about our complicity. It makes it look like they're guilty, not us." --Paul van Zyl, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission senior staff member One of the Eisenhower Commission's primary targets was the Ku Klux Klan, linked at that point to hundreds of acts of racial terror perpetrated by some of its approximately 17,000 dues-paying members. In 1964, the FBI had identified seventeen independent "Klans"--the largest of which, by far, was the United Klans of America. Billy Flowers, an Exalted Cyclops of the Johnston County chapter of the UKA, stands in front of his billboard on the outskirts of Smithfield, North Carolina, photographed by Pete Young, courtesy of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. n June 21, 2005, exactly forty-one years after the murder of Civil Rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman in Neshoba County, Mississippi, former Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen was convicted on manslaughter charges for those crimes. The national press widely framed the outcome of his high-profile trial as belated justice served,

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Aug 19, 2008

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