[Marxism] Guardian: 'Still a racist nation': American bigotry on full display at KKK rally in South Carolina

Shalva Eliava shalva.eliava at outlook.com
Sun Jul 19 09:04:18 MDT 2015

As has been noted by others on this mailing list, the radical racist right is in serious decline (and no longer serve the function of disciplining black labor and suppressing blacks' participation in politics). The police and the prison industrial complex remain the most significant threats to American blacks in our country:

"Despite the KKK’s visible presence on Saturday, the group’s national influence has dwindled. Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, estimated that the KKK has fewer than 4,000 members, down from four million at its peak in the 1920s and roughly 40,000 members at the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Current Klansmen, he said, are fractured into nearly two-dozen groups, many of whom are odds with one another. 'The Klan today is weak, small and poorly led,' Potok said. 'It’s without any real influence in the political mainstream. It’s a far cry from what it was before.'"

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