On December 24, 1865 was created the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a group aimed at hateful actions white supremacist and violent African Americans, Jews, immigrants and homosexuals. At its height, in 1925, the Klan has counted at least 4 million members.
Weakened in the 1970s, the KKK seemed moribund. But the network has benefited, in the 2000s, the climate of fear in the United States after the September 11 attacks and the most important arrival of migrants. It currently has between 5,000 and 8 000 members.
The segregationist organization is now playing a new card: Donald Trump. The Republican candidate for the U.S. presidential election does not support the supremacists groups, but they are capitalizing on his rhetoric about minorities. For the founder of the website Stormfront, ‘he launched an insurgency that is not going to stop’.
The remarks, often controversial, Mr. Trump allow the KLAN to recruit new members by engaging the conversation on his favorite subjects.
Its recruitment campaign continues also with a lot of flyers distributed in its historical territories of the Midwest or the South.
In addition, the imagery of the KKK involving the administration of a country by blacks to disorder always made recipe: a January survey found that one in five Americans does not believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States.