Multiple reminders of late that the Ku Klux Klan is still with us, as are some of the wistful Confederate loyalists who gave rise to it. A nationwide recruitment drive has seen KKK flyers surfacing in areas of Colorado and Georgia; a West Virginia Klansman was just arrested for threatening Obama; in Memphis, nine residents are suing the city for voting to rename three Confederate-themed parks and the Klan held a March rally - five days before the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination - to specifically protest the renaming of Forrest Park, honoring Civil War hero and first KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest, said to have slaughtered hundreds of black soldiers. A new four-part documentary, Triple Hate, explores this toxic stew of racism, history, the Klan, and a place where "Southern heritage is very much alive...(It's) a fertile land for discontent against the government." As disheartening as all this is, it's helpful to revisit an earlier Klan rally, this one in Knoxville, and the response to it by a clown brigade who keep misunderstanding the call for White Power. Brilliant.
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"The clown women thought they finally understood what the Klan was trying to say. “Ohhhh...WIFE POWER!”