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Is the Ku Klux Klan just a social club for good ole’ boys and their wives? That’s what they were desperately trying to prove to us in this documentary, but few viewers would have been convinced.
In a nutshell
You’ve got to give the KKK some credit for the job titles they come up with. With their Imperial Wizards and Traditionalist American Knights and whatnot, they make it sound like a fun organisation to be a part of. And it probably is, if you’re an unrepentant bigot with a fondness for burning crosses. Otherwise, not so much. The disturbing thing about this documentary was the revelation that many KKK members genuinely don’t seem to understand the extent of their own bigotry, and regard it as an innocuous organisation like any other.
It’s hard to tell whether this is just a bit of spin on their part. A diplomatic effort to win over people by claiming to have renounced the Klan’s ugly past. Or might they actually believe their own spiel? When one of them describes it as being about “fraternal brotherhood” rather than race hate, does he really, really think that to be the case? Who knows. At any rate, this documentary made them look a mixture of foolish and frightening, though more the latter than the former.
What's the verdict?
While some of these modern day KKK members looked as oafishly blundering as the comical Klansmen in Django Unchained, it’s still rather shocking that such an archaic organisation still has a place in today’s American culture. And that really is no laughing matter.