The Ku Klux Klan has a long, terrible history in the United States. But there are many lesser-known and often strange events that the infamous ‘white power’ hate group has been involved with.
That One Time A Jewish Man Joined The KKK
Dan Burros brought the term “self-hating Jew” to an entirely new and horrifying level.
After graduating from high school in 1955, Burros joined the United States Army. However, after a few failed suicide attempts, the army discharged him. One suicide attempt included a note singing the praises of Hitler, the man who was hellbent on exterminating Jews like Burros.
After being kicked out of the army, he joined the American Nazi Party, where he climbed up the ranks very quickly. He later joined the KKK and eventually became the Grand Dragon of New York. Somehow, Burros was able to hide his Jewish heritage until October 1965, when the New York Times wrote a searing article and outed him.
When the article came out, Burros was staying at a fellow KKK member’s house. Almost immediately after reading the story, Burros shot himself in the chest, but survived. He next pointed the gun to his head and said, “This will do it.”
Superman Vs. The KKK
In the 1940s, Superman went head-to-head with the KKK on the widely popular radio show “The Adventures of Superman.”
After World War II, the KKK ballooned in size and was quickly gaining more power. Stetson Kennedy, a young writer and activist, went undercover and attended KKK meetings in order to gain information on the hate group. He desperately wanted to expose the horrors of the KKK and approached authorities with information, but most didn’t listen. The KKK was powerful and few people wanted to go up against them.
Frustrated, Kennedy finally approached the writers of the Superman radio show and they accepted. With the Nazis defeated they needed a new villain and the KKK was the perfect, evil fit.
Throughout the 16-episode series called “Clan Of The Fiery Cross,” Superman exposed some of the KKK’s most guarded secrets and rituals. The series brought awareness to the public and by 1948 people were showing up to KKK rallies to mock them.
Baseball And The KKK
In the 1920s, the KKK had a few accomplished baseball teams who had no problem playing other all-black teams. Surprisingly, most of these games, including the games that the KKK lost, ended peacefully. There was only one loss against an all-Jewish baseball team in 1926 that ended in a clash.
We guess being a good sport was more important than “White Power” when it came to baseball.
The KKK Tried To Adopt The Rosa Parks Highway
Who says the KKK can’t do good things for communities, besides any sane person ever.
In 2012, a chapter of the KKK in Georgia tried to adopt the Rosa Parks Highway through the Adopt-A-Highway program. Yes, the KKK tried to adopt a highway named after one of the most iconic figures in the Civil Rights Movement.
Thankfully, the Georgia transportation officials had the good sense to reject the chapter’s request. The transportation officials said that roadside signs with KKK language would distract drivers.
If the KKK had been approved to adopt the Rosa Parks Highway, their signs would have read, “IKK Realm of GA Ku Klux Klan.”
‘Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee’
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After joining the Nation of Islam, Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, became chummy with the KKK and had meetings with their leaders. In fact, he even attended a KKK rally where he said “Black people should marry their own women. Bluebirds with bluebirds. Red birds with red birds. Pigeons with pigeons. Eagles with eagles. God didn’t make no mistake!”
Operation Red Dog
In the early 1980s, Canadian and American mercenaries affiliated with the KKK hatched a terrible plan dubbed “Operation Red Dog” to overthrow the government of Dominica. The wanted to bring back to power the recently ousted prime minister Patrick John.
The main people involved in “Operation Red Dog” were American Klansman Mike Perdue, German-Canadian neo-Nazi Wolfgang Droege, and Barbadian weapons smuggler Sydney Burnett-Alleyne. Not surprisingly, the U.S. government uncovered their plan and arrested the people involved.
Kool Koast Kamp
In the summer of 1924, Ku Klux Klan members could kick back and relax at the Kool Koast Kamp in Rockport, Texas. The four-month KKK resort advertised itself as the “Healthiest road to the Koolest Summer.” For a dollar a day, guests could enjoy sunbathing, fishing, “watermelon parties,” and of course the safety and warmth of the nightly burning cross.
The KKK Didn’t Monkey Around When It Come To Evolution
In the 1920s, evolution was not a widely accepted science. But Soviet Russia was determined to prove it right and subsequently rid society of religion. Backed by the government, Soviet scientist Ilya Ivanov tried to create a human/monkey hybrid by inseminating female chimpanzees with human semen. That experiment failed. He next tried to inseminate a human females with monkey sperm. In order to secure enough monkey semen, Ivanov contacted Rosalia Abreu, a Cuban heiress who had a large chimpanzee menagerie
Not surprisingly the KKK opposed the evolutionary theory and was appalled with the scientific experiment. It threatened and intimidated Abreu. Eventually, Abreu gave into the KKK and did not provide Ivanov with chimpanzee semen.
Before Ivanov could find another source of monkey sperm, he was killed in Stalin’s gulags.
KKK Vs. Westboro Baptist Church
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Who knew the KKK and the Westboro Baptist Church hate each other? In fact, when the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest at a funeral for a soldier in Arlington, the KKK showed up to counter-protest. Maybe there are nuanced opinions among hate groups.