Do you think the KKK is a terrorist group?

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pholland14 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While my opinion and yours might be different, yes, I think the KKK is a terrorist group.  Let's look at the definition of terrorism--terrorism is an act that is meant to intimidate people in order to bring about political change.  The Irish Republican Army used terrorism by using assassinations and bombings in order to convince the British to leave Ireland.  ISIS uses attacks on civilian soft targets in order to get their caliphate recognized.  The Klan today is not as active as it was during the 1960s, so I want to address the role that it took in the 1960s.  The Klan's mission in the 1960s was to end the integration movement.  By intimidating both white and black Freedom Riders, the Klan hoped to end the integration effort on public transportation.  By killing activists, they hoped to end attempts at greater black turnout at the polls.  The burning crosses were meant as threats, but the killings were meant to serve as a warning to others who went against their agenda.  They were really not much different than the foreign terrorists who threaten America today.