My father’s family emigrated from Eastern Europe in the very early 1900s, locating in the Boston, MA area. His parents, aunts, uncles and cousins all lived in Boston and a few surrounding communities into the 1930s. My father was among the first to leave, in 1932, traveling by himself across country at the age of 16, eventually relocating to Los Angeles. Over the next few years most of his family members made a similar journey, including his parents and sister.
But a few years earlier, one small group of his family made a different move, from Boston to a small town in Missouri. They had planned to start a new life there, but their dreams were soon crushed, their faith in humanity along with it, and the health and well-being of some of them also permanently destroyed. In that small Missouri town, there was one group that was the government, that was the law, and that controlled who prospered and who feared for their life every waking moment. That group was the Ku Klux Klan. And they did not want Jews in their community.
Instead of living in that small Missouri town for generations, they stayed only a few painful weeks. The KKK did not just intimidate, the KKK did not just use epithets, the KKK did not just use symbols of hatred, the KKK physically attacked their new Jewish neighbors, causing painful and permanent injuries, though despite their best efforts, no fatalities. Boston never seemed so wonderful before, and they returned to their prior home, reticent to ever travel to another town so evil and bigoted.
Americans over the last few decades have pretty much ignored the KKK, unless of course you happen to be a minority living in their midst. But for the rest of us, the KKK was until recently thought of as a moribund relic of the past. But the candidacy of d trump has invigorated the KKK and led them to new and all too frequent public displays of their
ongoing strength and power, not to mention spewing forth their racist, anti-Semitic tenants of bigotry, all in full and glowing support for trump.
And today, the number one KKK media vehicle, their Crusader newspaper (“The Voice of White Christian Ameri[k]a”), devoted its front page to a glowing endorsement of trump for president, using his message of “make amerika great again” to fit their perverted view of history:
“While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?’ The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did – but because of who our forefathers were…
“America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”
Clearly, in the KKK’s view of a trump presidency, there is no room for Jews, there is no room for African-Americans, and clearly there is no room for Muslims or Mexicans, or any non-white, non-christian person. And when you listen, really listen, to trump, and see what he has done in the past, from his outrageously racist rental policies that resulted in several lawsuits brought by the US Dept of Justice for racial discrimination in housing, to
his repeated insults to African-Americans present at campaign rallies, to his blatant statements espousing hatred of Muslims and Mexicans, and to his various assaults against Jewish reporters, that is absolutely part of trump’s degenerative, narcissist and compulsive personality disorder, and would be part and parcel of a trump presidency.
Power to the KKK? To Neo-nazis? Elect trump and see what you get.