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The below article is a crash course on Ku Klux Klan history, chronology, purpose and ideology. It was originally written and published in the early 1980's. "The New American Patriot will be neither left nor right, just a freeman fighting for liberty. … Soon there will be millions in this country of every political persuasion confronting the police state in streets throughout America. … Wake up and smell the tear gas. Freedom is calling its sons and daughters." — "New World Order," 1999 essay by Beam
Klan Kraft & Klan History
By Louis Ray Beam Jr.
KlanKraft is defined as words, signs and rituals of the Ku Klux Klan. These traditions have existed since the Klan's inception in 1865. The KKK was founded on December 24, 1865 by six ex-Confederate Army officers, originally as a social and amusement organization. Arraying themselves in ghostly costumes, they rode about the countryside near Pulaski, Tennessee, by night and soon discovered the frightening influence they could exert on newly freed and superstitious Negroes. As the full force of Congressional Reconstruction was felt in the South, Negro savagery and federal repression became unbearable. The Ku Klux Klan soon became the most powerful of the Southern groups organized to oppose this tyranny. Some authors have suggested that the Klan absorbed the old "Knights of the Golden Circle" during the period between December 24, and May 11, of the next year, but this has not been proven conclusively.
The Knights of the Golden Circle were Confederate sympathizers living primarily in the Mid-west but also in the North, who attempted unsuccessfully to sabotage the Northern War effort. Among their leaders was Congressman Clement Vallandigham of Ohio, a fiery Southern sympathizer who was imprisoned by the Federals and later exiled to Canada. Returning to the U.S., he was elected Supreme Commander of the Sons of Liberty. Whether or not there was any bonafide connection between the Knights and the Klan is now of interest only to historians. This might, however, explain the KKK's adoption of the Crosswheel – at the time a red circle intersected by a cross and used by the Knights of the Golden Circle as a Standard. The Klan was formalized and the order perfected May 11, 1867, at a convention held in Nashville, Tennessee, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Confederate Calvary genius, was elected Grand Wizard. With Negro crime and Federal tyranny holding the South in a stranglehold, it was not long until guerilla warfare and pitched battles raged between the black-Republican faction and the ex-Confederates. In addition to the Klan, there existed the "Knights of the White Camellia" (Louisiana), the "White Line of Mississippi," the Rifle clubs and the "Red Shirts" of the Carolinas, Cullen Baker's Guerillas in East Texas, as well as the "Pale Faces," "White League," and the Bull Dozers" in various other areas of the South. The Ku Klux Klan, however, was the only organization that rode throughout the old Confederacy. By 1869 or 1870 conservatives were well on their way to recapturing the South. Federal laws were being enacted to destroy the Ku Klux Klan, so General Forrest, who was soon to appear before a congressional committee investigating the Klan, declared the order disbanded.
Predictably (due to the loose organizational bounds), the 1869 order was ignored by most of the Klan, and the useful night riding and patrolling continued in areas where it was still needed. However, Forrest and the other Klan leaders subpoenaed by Congress could truthfully state that the Klan did not exist; they themselves had ordered it dissolved. It was during this period that the KKK continued as a local and independent organization. Some held closely to the original ideals while others left a great deal to be desired. Thomas Dixon's book The Traitor is an excellent history of this period. In the 1900's Dixon, a descendant of the slave-holding aristocracy of the South authored his trilogy on the Reconstruction South. The Leopard's Spots, The Clansman, and The Traitor were all bestselling novels centering on the mystique of the North Carolina Klan. Dixon became associated with the pioneer film-maker D.W. Griffith, who based his monumental "Birth of a Nation," the first full length motion picture made in America, on Dixon's works. The film, released in 1915, was an immediate success, sparking rave reviews in the South and riots in the North. The popularity of the film was the spark which helped to ignite the flame of the Klan in the 1920's. An ex-Methodist circuit rider and Spanish-American War veteran, Colonel William J. Simmons, had been disturbed by the rising foreign and non-white influence in the United States and, in 1915, resolved to revive the Klan. (The title Colonel was acquired as a regimental commander of "Woodmen of the World," not a military rank.) On Thanksgiving night, 1915, at twelve midnight Colonel Simmons and two members of the original KKK along with thirteen others ascended Stone Mountain, Georgia. There Colonel Simmons was naturalized into the original Klan; the only Klansman of the reborn Klan ever afforded this distinction. Simmons then naturalized the others into the"Order of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan."
The fraternal aspect was emphasized heavily and additional titles and rituals were added to the original prescripts. It was during this period that the first attempts to modernize the Klan were made. Offices within the local Klan were changed from the original form to begin with the letters "Kl," with the exception of the Exalted Cyclops. The Secretary or "Scribe" was changed to "Kligrapp." The Treasurer, referred to variously as the "Monk" or "X-checker" was changed to the more Klannish "Klabee." The two security guards, originally referred to as "Lictors" were now called the "Klextor" and "Klarogo." Other of the more outlandish titles such as the "Grand Turk," "Grand Magi," the "Council of Yahoos," was dropped entirely. It was during the Simmons period that most of the Klankraft as it is known today came into being, more as a result of Simmons' background in fraternal organizations than for a genuine desire for security. It was also during the Simmons' administration that the title "Imperial" came into use, for it was the first time that the Klan had a nationwide following. In October, 1922, at the National Klonvocation, Simmons was replaced as Imperial Wizard by Dr. Hiram Wesley Evans of Dallas, Texas, formally the Great Titan for North Texas and Imperial Kligrapp. It was under Evans, not Simmons that the Klan reached its peak in membership, membership being estimated as high as nine million members nationwide by 1926-27.
Simmons was given the new title of Imperial Emperor, the first to hold that designation. In 1938 Dr. Evans retired and James A. Colescott of Indiana was elected Imperial Wizard. Klan membership had decreased drastically during the Depression years due to several factors. Increased Klan activity in matters not involving the race issue and the bad security risk of paying Kleagles a commission on each membership signed up were two of the reasons. The Kleagle, or organizer, was a significant factor in the phenomenal rise of the Klan in the early twenties and ultimately its downfall. Of each ten dollars Klecktoken received, the individual Kleagle received two dollars and fifty cents as his commission; and then the King Kleagle, or State Organizer, received a part, and so on up the line. The Grand Goblin (organizer for several states), the Supreme Kleagle (National Organizer), and the Imperial Wizard all received a part of the initiation fee. One could become a member by being vouched for by two Klansmen or one Kleagle. There seems to be little doubt that the underlying reason for only transitory success by the Klan in this period is the result of the failure to establish a clear-cut objective and goal. Despite the tremendous power the Ku Klux Klan achieved nationwide during the twenties, it seldom rose above involvement in local affairs and politics though there were some notable exceptions in effecting change in national elections and policy. Had there been an organizational objective of a nature that all nine million members could have worked for, as well as the millions of supporters, undoubtedly the American national political-social structure could have been altered. In the final analysis this failure was a failure in leadership, for millions of followers were willing and needed only to be shown the direction for their combined efforts. In 1944 the federal government began a harassment program against the Klan and sued the Klan for back taxes which it was unable to pay.
Imperial Wizard Colescott declared the Order disbanded in that year. This order of dissolvement was observed much as the first with the local Dens (now generally referred to as "Klaverns," although Klavern originally only meant the meeting place of the Klan) carrying on with business as usual. 1946 saw the beginning of the third re-organization when Dr. Samuel Green of Atlanta, Georgia, issued a "Fiery Summons or a call to arms for Georgia Klansmen and was elected Grand Dragon at the State Klorero. Stone Mountain, Georgia, Thanksgiving Eve, 1946, once again was the scene of the first public Cross lighting since WWII. Dues were paid from 1944 and new passports issued under the "Association of Georgia Klans." Other Klans still flourished on the local Province and Realm levels, but the Associated Georgia Klan was the largest.
In 1949 Dr. Green died and the Associated Georgia Klan was then lead by Sam Roper, a Georgia Highway Patrolman. It was also in this year that some of Colonel Simmons' handpicked successors formed the "Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan." With the Black Monday decision (1954 desegregation order, Brown vs. Topeka) of the Supreme Court, which overruled three former decisions by that same body that segregation was constitutionally legal, the third revival received new impetus. There was, however, no central organization, and independents abounded, to wit: Association of Georgia Klans, Association of South Carolina Klans, Association of Arkansas Klans, United Florida Ku Klux Klan, E.L. Edward's United States Klan, Earl George's Improved Order of U.S. Klans, Dixie Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Louisiana), Ace Carter's Ku Klux Klan of the Confederacy, ad infinitum. The point to be recognized here is that, despite the fact there was no centrally directed organization, the Klan, when needed, once again sprang to life. By 1960, the largest organization was E.L. Edward's United States Klan. Edwards, a spray painter at Atlanta's Chevrolet Body Works, was having some trouble with the membership and expelled the young Grand Dragon of Alabama, Robert M. Shelton. In 1961, Shelton called a meeting of the Independents and the various faction leaders at Indian Springs, Georgia. They emerged from the meeting as the United Klans of America with Shelton as Imperial Wizard, a title he still holds. UKA's high point of membership came during the period of 1966-1970 with around two hundred thousand active Klansmen. It was the first Klan since the twenties to be active in all the Continental United States. It also met with the biggest federal onslaught upon any Klan since the Reconstruction period.
Had the so-called "civil rights" movement of the 1960's been a movement propagated, controlled, and led by blacks, there can be no doubt that this perversion of the American Constitutional system would have been stopped by the Ku Klux Klan. However, the command of this anti-white conspiracy during this period was no more in the hands of colored people than it had been in the 1860's during Reconstruction. Rather, control rested in the hands of two distinctly different groups united in common purpose for antithetical reasons. Visually in leadership, but only nominally in control, were (and still are) whites who, under the influence of the false religion of humanism or the lust for political power or advancement, were deeply involved in cultural self-destruction and Negro sycophancy. Seldom visible but always in control, the second group consisted of Jews who were one or more of the following: Zionist, anti-Christian, anti-white, communist, or practicing Talmudist. This latter group manipulated and directed the actions, policies, and efforts of the former group. While the whites (except those involved in career advancement) were working for such humanistic concepts as equality and brotherhood, the Jews who were using them were involved in the same civil rights movement for the purpose of advancing world Jewish domination, a purely racist concept. If these whites were not in their ignorance aiding the anti-Christ Jews in their racial plots, nothing but short-term discomfort would result from their efforts. The impossible goals of creating equality and brotherhood are not to be feared. All of recorded history, science, genetic differences, and inherent proclivities – in sum, the total experience of mankind make these two vagaries of the humanist unobtainable; thus they are no more to be realized than similar nonsensical efforts in the past to obtain gold from lead.
The danger to white civilization thus lies not in the illusionary and fanciful goals of the civil rights movement, but rather to the extent that this movement can be used to further Jewish racial schemes of power and conquest. Success from the point of view of Klansmen and allied groups can only be measured by the degree in which power is wrenched back from the anti-Christ Jew and his traitorous liege men. That power continues to accumulate in their bloodstained hands can be attributed in no small part to misdirected efforts by pro-whites. Efforts directed against the civil rights movement amount to ... chasing after visionaries, who chase after an illusion, unnecessary, unneeded, and unproductive. Success, power, and results can only be obtained by attacking the controllers, leaders, and designers avoiding simpleminded people who are readily expendable to the manipulators....
Beyond the fact that pro-white forces during struggles of the 1960's granted what amounts to diplomatic immunity to the leaders, controllers, and designers of the enemy camp lies at least one other salient difference between the success of the Klan in 1869 and its failure in 1969. During passage of a hundred years the forces of evil had obtained near-total control of all means of communication in the entire country. Whereas, in 1869 diversity of opinion was allowed and expressed in both North and South none was allowed in the 1960's. The media, acting as an arm of the government, whipped and shaped public opinion into agreement with governmental policy. Where there had been near unanimous public opinion in the last century over the right of Southerners to preserve their cultural mores and beliefs, 20th Century technology allowed the culture-distorters the ability and means to alter a people's sense of right and wrong. Thus by the late 1960's the Ku Klux Klan, rather than having the backing of the majority of Southerners in its mutually beneficial effort to preserve civilized society, was faced with phenomena of their opposition. In the final analysis the failure of the Klan to win in 1969 as it had in 1869 was a failure of the mind – not just on the part of the Klan but also of those who were not in the Klan. FBI stoolies (pimps) and informers worked long and hard to infiltrate the UK A, and in 1966 Shelton, along with his Grand Dragons for North and South Carolina, J.R. Jones and Robert Scoggins, was imprisoned for refusing to turn over membership lists to a congressional committee. By 1974, the UKA had taken quite a mauling. The Michigan Grand Dragon, Rev. Robert E. Miles, was the latest in a long list of UKA members railroaded into prison by the perjured testimony of FBI agents and their minions. But, as it has been the case, to be the biggest Klan doesn't always mean to be the only Klan. There was James A. Venable's National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, direct heirs to Col. Simmons on ideology as well as lineage. Venable owns much property around Stone Mountain and holds the National Rally there every year around Labor Day. In Mississippi, Sam Holloway Bowers, Jr., headed one of the most militant Klans ever to ride across the Southland, the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi, a top-secret guerilla organization. The White Knights, under the dynamic leadership of Bowers, successfully stopped, for a while, the civil rights movement in the Magnolia State. However, the full brunt of federal Jewish power was soon brought against the people of Mississippi. Patriots found themselves fighting the resources of the other forty-nine states.
The F.B.I, (known in Mississippi as the Federal Bureau of Integration), Federal Marshalls and finally the U.S. Army were used to quell the citizens of Mississippi who fought for their culture and the right to govern themselves (self-determination). Working in conjunction with the Federal Government, and at times as an integral part thereof, was the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, an arm of the terrorist B'nai B'rith organization. The A.D.L funneled large sums of money into the state to wage a campaign of assassination and rabbinical terror. One of the most sordid and despicable acts in Mississippi was the assassination of a young school teacher, Mrs. Kathy Ainsworth. The act of savagery was a joint operation of the United States Department of Justice (sic) in the person of the F.B.I., and the Anti-Defamation League. A.D.L. regional director A.I. Botnick, whose headquarters was (and at this writing still is) in New Orleans, Louisiana, ordered – through the A.D.L. control and influence of the government in Washington – the Justice Department to place the F.B.I, in Mississippi, under their control until such time as the White Knights could be stopped in their opposition to the federal Jewish civil rights program. F.B.I. special agent Ray Moore, "in charge" of the Mississippi Bureau, was ordered to report to A.I. Botnick. Receiving $79,000 in Jewish blood money from Botnick, Moore was instructed to arrange the assassination of two Meridian Klansmen, Thomas A. Tarrants III and Joe Danny Hawkins. Using an F.B.I, informer-agent provocateur, an ambush was plotted in which local Meridian Jewish leader Meyer Davidson agreed to have his house bombed. Lurking in the dark at the house on the night of this prearranged incident were ten F.B.I, "special" agents and twelve Meridian police officers. Though the F.B.I. was warned in advance by their agent provocateur that Joe Hawkins would not be in the automobile driven by Tarrents and that a young woman, not known to be involved in any illegal activity, would be a passenger in the vehicle, the Bureau ordered the twenty-two assembled agents of "law and order" to proceed with the entrapment. Mrs. Ainsworth, whose great love for children was soon to manifest itself in the birth of her own child, was shot in the back while sitting in the car. Tarrents was seriously wounded but did not die. As life's blood trickled out of Mrs. Ainsworth and her unborn child, first running onto the upholstery of the seat, then slowly settling into a pool on the dusty floorboard to begin coagulating, the Federal Bureau of Investigation could once again proudly boast they "always get their man," or as the case might be – "their baby".... Other patriots found themselves, contrary to law, jailed without process when so-called "informers" accused them of acts they did not commit. These informers were bought and paid for from either an F.B.I. slush fund or Anti-Defamation League "contingency funds." Thus, these fabricators and perjurers were actually no more than professional liars (oral prostitutes) paid according to the magnitude of the lies they produced. Many of these oral prostitutes were also agent provocateurs whose instructions were to foster acts of violence against helpless or weak people so as to injure the Klan's image when exposed in the media.
The most notorious example of this type of activity was the F.B.I, murder of Leona Violza of Chicago, Illinois. Following the Selma-to-Montgomery march, she was shot and killed by Gary Thomas Rowe, a paid agent and informer of the F.B.I. Klansmen were tried, convicted, and sent to prison for "civil rights" violations on Rowe's perjured testimony. Fifteen years later Rowe was indicted by the state of Alabama for the murder. Though conclusive proof is not yet available, it appears certain that an F.B.I. agent provocateur also placed the explosive charge beneath the steps of a Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama, that killed six small pickaninnies on their way to Sunday School.
Such federally created media events went a long way toward discrediting the Klan in the eyes of the very people it was seeking to preserve. Despite this massive Counter-intelligence Program (Co.In.Tel.Pro. as it was officially known within the ( F.B.I.) directed against the Klan in Mississippi, the White Knights were the most successful Klan of the 1960's. No people can look with more pride upon the Ku Klux Klan of their state as the sons and daughters of Mississippi. In retrospect, things can be seen quite differently than they were by the Klansmen of Mississippi in 1962. Fighting the battle as they saw it then, the vast majority of their efforts were directed against the visible and obvious threats to their culture and way of life – the negro and white-Jewish civil rights "Freedom Riders" (as they were erroneously called). Had the efforts of the Mississippi Klan, as well as those of the Klans in other states, been directed against the less obvious but controlling forces behind this concerted drive against civilization, the outcome might have been different. F.B.I. Special Agents, Federal Marshalls, Justice Department "monitors" and attorneys, federal registrars, federal troops, apostate white "religious leaders," scalawag politicians, Jewish financiers and organizational leaders, and pseudo-intellectual propagators of the so-called civil rights movement were unfortunately and regrettably virtually immune to much needed and deserved punishment.
Had these culture distorters and destroyers suffered the righteous indignation of the Mississippi patriots, the powers behind this perversion might have soon considered it too expensive (in terms of their lives) to have continued. In sum, while the tactics used against these perverters were correct, the strategy was incorrect – to the extent that it did not go far enough. This after-the-battle analysis (the war goes on) is in no way meant to detract from the heroic efforts of the Mississippi Klan. Rather, it is instructional, as in a game of chess – the victory is not won by removing the enemy's pawns. Many years after the battles of the 1960's, when the luxury of time and hindsight are available, many Klansmen, and, embarrassingly, many Klan leaders continue to make this same error! Those who do not know history, or perhaps, as might be the case, do not understand it, are condemned by their ignorance or lack of perceptiveness to repeat its mistakes – something the movement can ill-afford. The third Klan emerging in this era was the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, chartered in 1956. For the first fifteen years or so it was a rather nebulous group with most of its strength in Louisiana and Tennessee. With the vacuum left by the suppression of the UKA and the White Knights, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan started emerging as the Klan that could fill the gap. In 1974 James Lindsey, also known as Ed White, the Imperial Wizard of KKKK, passed away under what some have described as mysterious circumstances. He was succeeded by David Ernest Duke, Grand Dragon of Louisiana and National Information Director, whom Lindsey-White had designated as his successor.
The Knights under David Duke's leadership became the most progressive Klan of the 1970's. A dynamic personality, coupled with an unmatched ability to present a favorable media image of him and the Klan, helped to greatly alter the false stereotype of ignorance created by the media over the previous twenty years. Presenting himself to the public as a competent, knowledgeable, and professional racist, he attracted many to his ranks. In addition he was able to pull many of the independent Klans into an alliance with his organization. While some of his tactics of openness and media hype generated controversy within the Klan movement itself, Duke, no doubt, carried the Klan message or racial preservation to more Americans than any other Klan leader of the 1970's. Resigning from the office of Imperial Wizard in 1980, Duke was succeeded by Don Black, Alabama Grand Dragon. This polite, soft-spoken Southerner has a sincere and earnest manner about him that makes few enemies. Educated and possessed with the ability to express himself well, many expect the Knights under his able leadership to become a major force for the enemies of freedom to contend with in the 1980's. The Ku Klux Klan of the 1980's must exist on the principle of quality over quantity. The unobtainable illusion of numberless masses marching behind the banner of the Ku Klux Klan must be compared with the facts of reality. With the culture distorters' stranglehold on the means of communication, the vast majority of the white race will, as a result of their cultural brainwashing, oppose the Klan and any other racial movement, despite the fact that it is not in their interest to do so. It is then pure fantasy to imagine the Klan as a broad-based political movement that will obtain the numbers requisite to effect peaceful political change. This does not mean, however, that some political activity should not be engaged in – quite to the contrary.
Political involvement – either openly or sub Rosa – is an excellent means for exposing our view to the public and recruitment of new members to our ranks. These activities should be viewed for what they are – an auxiliary to the Klan's primary objective which is to utterly destroy the enemies of our Racial Nation. Political activities by the Klan are, as the former Grand Dragon of Michigan Robert E. Miles so aptly named them, "guerilla theater," and nothing more. The "plot" must be carefully planned; each actor must know his part, and the "scenes" carefully rehearsed. Such "stage productions" have been carried on with great success by Grand Dragon Tom Metzger in California, Bob Miles in Michigan and Louis Beam in Texas, among others. It must be remembered that the Ku Klux Klan was never intended by the founders to be anything more than an instrument for forcibly reestablishing white control on the political structure of the South. Then as now, the government was in the hands of villains determined to destroy the way of life of the people who had created this nation. Then, as now, the law was perverted and used as an instrument to oppress the citizens. Then, as now, the government became the controlling point from whence enemies sought to destroy white people. Then, as now, the Constitution became a dead document, scorned by the traitors who ruled. Then, as now, the courts became an organ of despotism, used first to financially break and then imprison those who oppose the tyrants.
Then, as now, the police power of the state was abused and used for spying, intimidation, terror, and finally – murder. As these evil men used force and violence to suppress the people of the South – so were they met by the men of the Klan with force and violence. As they sought to intimidate with overwhelming numbers by light of day – so were they met with overwhelming numbers by dead of night. As they used their newly created laws to fill their courtrooms and pack their jails – so was the older law of self-preservation used against them to weigh down tree limbs and fill river bottoms. As they sought to destroy – so were they destroyed. Victory was won by the Klan in that first great struggle with evil because the men who comprised it had a clear-cut goal – the reestablishment of white control by whatever means necessary. It will be no different in the future....
As the Klan moves into the 1980's, it becomes ever so clear to those who have carefully examined our present situation that if America is to be saved, if we as a people are to be spared the fate of utter destruction, then an organization dedicated to the lofty principles and ideals of our Founding Fathers and tested by the sword of time will have a chance to save us. Those who compromise and give ground to our enemies only insure our defeat – for there is and can be no accord between good and evil. The Klan meets all criteria for success: tradition, ideology, sacred principles, and a test of time. It waits but for the right kind of men to fill its ranks. Let us work and pray for the day that the Ku Klux Klan will once again save America – this time forever.
The words featured in this meme come from a speech Beam gave during the 1994 Aryan Nations Congress in Hayden Lake, Idaho (HERE, begin @6:25)
Louis Beam also published a version of a U.S. Military thesis on Leaderless Resistance. The Military officer that wrote the original document had researched the guerilla insurgent techniques of Communist militants. Beam simply took the concepts outlined by the military document and re-presented them to the American ANTI-Communist Patriot. HERE is the link to Beam's version of "Leaderless Resistance".
Below is a music video I (Bro. Ryan) made to the song:
Fiery Cross by the band Aryan.