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Published:February 6th, 2015 13:17 EST
I Had A Run-In With the Ku Klux Klan Once, a KXAN Report Reminds Me!

I Had A Run-In With the Ku Klux Klan Once, a KXAN Report Reminds Me!

By John G. Kays

In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic party, the planter class, and all those who desired restoration of white supremacy. Its purposes were political, but political in the broadest sense, for it sought to affect power relations, both public and private, throughout Southern society. It aimed to reverse the interlocking changes sweeping over the South during Reconstruction: to destroy the Republican party`s infrastructure, undermine the Reconstruction state, reestablish control of the black labor force, and restore racial subordination in every aspect of Southern life. Historian Eric Foner - Wikepedia

I`m gonna be frank with you, I snoozed my way through American History class too, when I went to UT (1972-1976)! What I`ve learned through the years, however, is that one mesmerizing event can pop up in your life, which will make you wish you`d pay much more attention, when your American History classroom lessons were presented. 

Once, in the Spring of 1978, when living in Dallas,Texas, I had the misfortune of getting a flat tire on a lonesome stretch of highway (on my Ford Granada), very late at night. I had to hitchhike, seeking assistance, and wouldn`t you know, I was picked up by some Ku Klux Klansmen who were in town for a big KKK meeting, taking place in Dallas the very next day. 

To say the least, I was frightened out of my mind, as these Crazies were flashing pistols around and making very abusive remarks about African Americans, even saying they`d like to get `em one that night. They also drilled me as to whether I was an N-Lover (I had long hair back then, so they alluded deferentially to that also). Finally, they let me out on the side of the road, and the harrowing incidence came to a benign, yet transforming conclusion

Since that day, I`ve spent quite a bit of my time studying the History of the vicious hate group, known as the KKK; these studies made me realize I`d have to go through the U.S. Civil War also with a fine-tooth comb. Therefore, I was very pleased to hear of a special report on KXAN, the Austin NBC affiliate, Hate Groups in Central Texas, which I`ve been reviewing this morning. 

This report redirected me back to my KKK queries; specifically, if your interested, you`ll want to look at the first phase of development. You`ll probably bump into two notable Confederate veterans, Nathan Bedford Forrest and George Gordon (go there, if you dare!). This is all I`ll say for now: thanks KXAN (great reporting, Kevin Schwaller) for making us aware of the threats in our immediate area, domestic in nature, mind you! 

We`re not going to sleep anymore with our American Studies` sojourns, I guarantee! Let`s hit the local archives and libraries with a hammer, and see if we can put this back together; we`ll have to make an A+ this time around (or we won`t survive)...