Recent Developments: Starting in the mid 1970's new leaders tried present a more respectable image to competing Klan groups. Some also accepted woman as members and set up youth groups. The KKK particularly appealed to whites who resented both special programmes designed to help blacks and recent immigrants. The Klan abandoned its oppositions to Roman Catholics. Klan members then rose to about 10,000 by 1980. The KKK still attracted people with extreme views who use violence. In 1979 Klan members and their supporters killed five anti-Klan demonstrators in Greensboro, North Carolina. Members killed a black youth in Mobile, Alabama, in 1981. Since then, Klan membership has deteriorated due to prosecutions for illegal activities and financial repercussions for KKK violation of civil rights. Membership is now under 5,000. Most Klan members now live in the South or Mid West.
It was the second time I had thought about that familiar old song in recent days, and this time it made my stomach churn. As I had searched through every article I could find naming William Aitcheson, I came upon a 2004 article in Fredericksburg, Va.’s Free Lance-Star. Aitcheson was still my pastor then. He had presided over a memorial service for the Confederate dead, where he read “The Conquered Banner,” a popular post-Civil War poem composed by a Catholic priest who had been a chaplain for the Confederate army. Then, the Lance-Star reported, Aitcheson turned to the crowd and said, “Let’s sing the old national anthem.” He led them all in song.
The [Queens County Evening News] mentions Fred Trump as having been "discharged" and gives the Devonshire Road address, along with the names and addresses of the other six men who faced charges. Yet another account in another defunct local newspaper, the Richmond Hill Record, published on June 3, 1927, lists Fred Trump as one of the "Klan Arrests," and also lists the Devonshire Road address. Another article about the rally, published by the Long Island Daily Press on June 2, 1927, mentions that there were seven arrestees without listing names, and claims that all of the individuals arrested were wearing Klan attire... While the Long Island Daily Press doesn't mention Fred Trump specifically, the number of arrestees cited in the report is consistent with the other accounts of the rally. Significantly, the article refers to all of the arrestees as "berobed marchers." If Fred Trump, or another one of the attendees, wasn't dressed in a robe at the time, that may have been a reporting error worth correcting. SHARE / TWEET / 86 COMMENTS fred trump / klan / trump GET THE BOING BOING NEWSLETTER Loading... Baldwin reprises Trump on SNL Last night’s Saturday Night Live once again took aim at Donald Trump, with Alec Baldwin reprising his eerily good Trump impression, while Kate McKinnon stole the show with her racist elf Jeff Sessions (Alex Moffat is also a body-double for Chuck Schumer, but regrettably wasn’t very funny).