White-sheeted Ku Klux Klan members stand by a burning cross, May 1946. This Stone Mountain, Ga., ceremony was put off many times, Klansmen allegedly said, because of wartime sheet shortages during WWII.
The Ku Klux Klan and I clashed a couple times during the late ’70s while reporting the arrest and trial of Tommy Lee Hines, accused of abducting and raping a white woman in Decatur, Alabama. Ever been to a KKK cross burning? Join me as I narrowly avert getting my skull bashed in with a two-by-four.
When I was in middle school and first learning about the KKK, I remember being terrified by the images. The white robes and pointed hoods were horrifying to me, as I associated them with extreme violence. It is interesting that the speaker thinks about them so fondly.