Over the past year, there has been a slight uptick in the presence of Ku Klux Klan members nationwide. This according to a report put out by the Anti-Defamation League.While the KKK continues to operate as a keeper of extreme white nationalist ideology, the organization had shrunk to the point of irrelevance over the decades, until its resurgence during eight years of the Obama Presidency. Emboldened by the rhetoric pushed by President Trump, the Klan seems to have made it’s most significant gain.
According to the ADL’s report, five more KKK groups have formed over the past 12 months, bringing the total number of its members’ based entities from 37 to 42 in 33 states. Still, the Klan’s actual power and influence aren’t recognized among the landscape of hate groups the way it was back when having Klansmen openly bid for political representation was commonplace.
Experts cite their movement as having grown fractured and unstable.
“For a number of years, the Klan has tried to regain its standing among the hodgepodge of hate groups but have largely failed to maintain the notorious status they once had,” says ADL’s Director of Center on Extremism, Oren Segal. Nydailynews