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A knight is defined as a member of an order or society. “White Knights” are members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a white supremacist organization originally formed in the United States during the Reconstruction era following the Civil War. Since its inception in 1866 in Pulaski, Tennessee, the KKK has had varying levels of strength and membership, with membership highs reaching 5 million in the 1920s, down to approximately 5,000 members in 2001. The KKK has always been a fragmented organization, with various “realms” (branches) throughout the world. Their factions, however, have had the common goal of maintaining white supremacy over blacks and other minority groups (e.g., Jews, immigrants, homosexuals, non-Protestants, etc.) through intimidation and violence. Active KKK realms include, but are not limited ...

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