The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 02, 1968, Page Page 2, Image 2

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"In December of 1865, in
Pulaski, near the Alabama
border of Tennessee, s i x
young men decided to form
a club. They were mainly
college men and had Wen of
ficers during the late War for
Southern Independence. Their
problem was idleness, their
purpose amusement.
They might have taken
almost any name, 'The Jolly
Six' or 'Thespians,' and
followed a completely dif
ferent path, but someone
suggested the Greek word for
circle, Kuklos, and with its
fine alliterative and mystical
possibilities, their path was
set. They met in secret
places, put on disguises and
had great fun galloping about
town after dark.
Robert Shelton, Imperial W izard of the
United Klans of America,, has called for "mil
lions" of Nebraska to join the Ku Klux
Klan. Following is the history of the Man, a
history of the American way gone awry. The
history was compiled by Calvin Rife, a junior
in Arts and Sciences and a Nebraskan columnist.
Nebraska Klansmen at a 1929 Klan meeting in Neligh:
sickness spreads.
DAILY
ditorials
Hubert, no,
Harry, si!
Despite all the liberal panegyrics of late
belatedly praising hapless Hubert Humphrey,
hardly anyone seems convinced. His old liberal
cohorts feel, as Esquire magazine said, that he
sold his soul in 1964. As for the rest, there are
enough law-and-order mongers around to vote for
the -way it is, and Hubert's position on that line
has remained compromisingly feeble.
What is wrong with Hubert is, in essence, what
is right with Bruce Hamilton. Where Humphrey
has buried himself in tons on contradictory rhetoric,
Hamilton has, in his virginal political career, shown
an amazing ability for forthrightness and brevity.
WHERE HUMPHREY has masked his intentions
under labyrinthine dialogues worthy of Lyndon B.
Johnson himself, Hamilton makes no bones about
his ideas.
Hamilton's party is as refreshing as its name
(The New Party) might suggest. When he stood
tup at Saturday's student power seminar at the
Midwest Conference on Movement Politics and
suggested that a group of bickering radicals get
off their duffs and do something, he received the
only applause of the afternoon.
As a result of Hamilton's speech, University
students are organizing a march on City Hall this
Thursday to protest homing discrimination.
Perhaps Hamilton senses, as Arlo Guthrie suggeets
in "Alice's Restaurant," that "if yon wanna end
war and stuff, you gotta sing loud."
Bruce Hamilton is singing loud, loud and clear.
While endorsements from the Daily Nebraskan
aren't the hottest-selling item on the political assets
market this year, it seems that anyone who wants
to end war and stuff would do well to sing along
with Bruce.
Photo Courtesy the Lincoln Journal
floggings and burning crosses as a
THEY ENGAGED in much
horseplay, for which purpose
the secret initiation was the
focal point of their activities.
They quickly realized that
their nocturnal appearances
had an unexpected effect, and
they capitalized on it.
Ghastly, ghostly figures
who claimed that they had
not had a drink of water since
the battle of Shiloh and who
lived in hell and had ridden
twice around the world since
suppertime, frightened the
initially credulous Negroes.
To the Southern white, to
take a phrase from S. F.
Horn's history of the Ku Klux
Klan, "the time was 'rotten
ripe' for the development of
the Klan as a means to con
trol the newly freed Negro
and his Northern friends. At
first there was no thought of
violence but this soon chang
ed." The Klan began attracting
attention and spreading
rapidly throughout the ex
Confederate states. There was
loose allegiance to the
mother-Klan in PnlasUi,
however, there was no over
all organization, and no
discipline or restraint.
In 1867 the group was
formally recognized as the
"Invisible Empire of the
South" with a grand wizard
at the head of the organiza
tion. Each realm, or state,
was ruled by a grand dragon,
and titan headed each pro
vince or county. A grand
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A BRILLIANTLY perceptive former Innocent was
good enough to point out to this writer that Robert
Denny shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to
handing out endorsements because he is an ex-FBI
man.
This country has had enough of the FBI. It
has had enough of the anti-communist hysteria
that colors our thoughts pink and colors Vietnam
red. It has also had too much of men like Clair
Calian who want to play it safe and stick with
LBJ all the way.
America has not heard enough from its Bruce
Hamiltons. Perhaps it should try one. After all,
he's an ex-Peace Corps man.
Jack Todd
Our man Hoppc ....
Yes, Virginia, there is a George Wallace
of men and words
Who then devised the torment? Love,
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
We only live, only suspire
-Consumed by either fire or fire.
T. S. Eliot
; UttieGidding
"Dear Mr. Hoppe: I am
eight years old. Some of my
little friends say there is no
George Wallace. Please tell
me the truth, is there a
George Wallace?" Virginia.
Yes, Virginia, there is a
George Wallace. He exists as
certainly as Commies and
Yippies and bearded pseudo
intellectuals exist.
ALAS! HOW dreary -would
be our fate if there were no
George Wallace. It would be
as dreary as if none believed
in him. There would be no
childlike fears then, no
hatreds, no sense of
superiority to make tolerable
this white middle-class ex
istence. Not believe in Geroge
Wallace! You might as well
not believe in hobgoblins. You
might get your papa to hire
men to watch every door at
eight to catch hobgoblins,
what would it prove?
Nobody sees hobgoblins, but
that is no sign that there are
no hobgoblins. The most real
things in the world are those
that neither children nor men
can see.
Did you ever see Black
Panthers dancing on the
White House lawn? Of course,
not, but that's no proof that
they are not there. Nobody
can conceive or imagine aU
the horrors there are unseen
and unseeable in the world.
No George Wallace! He
lives, Virginia, in the hearts
of men.
Each time a man says, "If
any dirty demonstrator lies
down in front of my car, it'll
be the last car he lies down
in front of," George Wallace
lives, Virginia.
EACH TIME a man says,
"I got mine and they can go
to helL" George Wallace
lives, Virginia.
He lives in the hearts of
those who see the unseen and
the unseeable those who
see a pinko State Department
plotting to bankrupt us by
giving away our hardearned
money to Commies overseas;
those who see a power-mad
Supreme Court destroying
law and order; those who see
that crooks are running our
country, that hoodlums are
running our cities, and that
the Washington bureaucrats
with their briefcases are out
to enslave us all.
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John Fleming! National Ad Manager Fritz Shoemaker; Bualneas Secretary and
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And you know him.
Virginia. Have you known
anger at your parents for
making you share your candy
with your brothers? Have you
known envy for those richer
and contempt for those
poorer? Have you known
distrust and unease and fear
on being alone in a dark and
empty house, swept by
strange noises you do not
understand?
Then you know George
Wallace, Virginia.
Most important of all, have
you ever wished for a magic
wand to whisk away your
troubles in a world you never
quite made? Ah, Virginia, in
all this existence there is
nothing else so real and
abiding as faith in that magic
wand.
No George Wallace! He
lives, Virginia, and he has
lived forever. A thousand
years from now my, ten
times ten thousand years
from now he will continue
to frighten the hearts of the
childlike and ride the crest
of their fantasies.
Unless, Virginia, we aU
grow up.
Chronicle Features
cyclops ruled each den, or
local unit.
Klansmen tried to prevent
Negroes from voting. They
rode at night, wearing masks
and cardboard hats. They also
draped themselves and their
horses in white sheets. Then
the Klan started getting
tough. Klansmen frightened,
flogged, tortured and lynched
Negroes and Negro sym
pathizers. AS A SELF-APPOINTED
police organization, it
regarded itself as the en
forcer not the breaker of the
law. It was police, judiciary,
and executioner. Its purposes
and the "needs of the times"
justified its actions, and no
sense of guilt lingered."
''Changing conditions and
martial law finally combined
to bring the Invisible Empire
to an end by 1871, but the
memory of the Ku Klux Klan
remained as one of the
treasured folk myths of the
bouth.
A new Ku Klux Klan was
organized in Atlanta, Ga., in
1915. It directed its activities
against Negroes, Jews,
Roman Catholics, so-called
radicals, and foreigners. This
revived Klan spread through
out the United States.
It is estimated that the
organization had perhaps
5,000,000 members at the
height of its power. It became
a powerful political force in
many states. Again the
Klansmen burned crosses and
flogged, lynched and tortured
people whose behavior they
did not like.
During this second major
offensive the Ku Klux Klan
crossed the Missouri River
into Nebraska, where Klavern
No. 1 was established at
Omaha. Forty-first and
Farnum streets was the exact
location. The Klan then
spread across the state, with
its main strength in Platte
River cities such as Fremont,
Lincoln, Grand Island and
North Platte.
The five thousand members
in Lancaster County num
bered more than a tenth of
the states total. Anti
Catholicism was one of their
hang-ups, as was customary,
but no night riding was
reported, and the Klan,
largely Republican, was not
an important force in politics.
HOWEVER, a fiery
cross was implanted on the
capitol grounds one April
evening in 1924. The Naiional
Klan was active in the if'o
senatorial campaign in an
effort to unseat George V,
Norris, but its efforts were
futile.
"For the most part, Klan
power was something that
Klansmen only dreamt about
in their mystical citadels in
York and Grand Island, as
the Invisible Empire i n
Nebraska ebbed away." The
Klan was dissolved as a na
tional body in 1944, because
it could not pay $500,000 in
back taxes to the federal
government.
Klan groups began to ap
pear again after World War
II. In 1949, groups from six
Southern states met i n
Montgomery, Ala., and
formed a national organiza
tion. Many persons were
flogged and crosses burned by
the Klan. In 1952, more than
60 Klansmen in North
Carolina were convicted on
charges of assault and con
spiracy to kidnap.
The Klan was revived after
the Supreme Court of the
United States outlawed com.
pulsory racial segregation in
public schools. "After taper
ing off in the late fifties, the
Klan sprang into action again
with the campaign of Negro
lunch counter demonstrations,
freedom rides, sit-ins, and,
later protest marches of the
1960's.
"The increasing pressure of
integration, the growth of the
equal rights movements and
the shift of its focus to the
city streets of the South,
fueled a growing interest in
the Klan." Nightly cross
burnings and mass meetings
began to draw larger turnouts
in Alabama and Georgia than
had been seen in a decade.
The Klan found a new leader
in Robert Shelton, a
Tuscaloosa rubber worker.
According to Imperial
Wizard Robert Shelton, there
are "quite a few" members
of the United Klans of
America in Nebraska. In a
Lincoln Journal interview last
week, he said that there were
no full-time employees of the
Klan working in Nebraska but
"there are some coming a '
going promoting the Klan
your state."
"THERE IS activity in the
vioinity of Lincoln," he said.
"It is left up to the in
dividuals' discretion as to
whether they reveal
themselves as Klan members
and leaders, but I can tell
you there are quite a few in
Nebraska," Shelton remark
ed. Recently Shelton com
mented that business was
booming for the Klan all over
the U.S. He claimed activity
in 38 states and said he plan
ned to go to Alaska and
Hawaii as soon as possible.
,
Mr. Editor:
On September 20th I ac
cepted a position of non
cooperation with the SSS, by
the act of mailing my cards
back to Local Board No. 66
in Fullerton, Nebraska.
I believe a thirteen member
A.S.U.N. subcommittee
should be formed for an ex
haustive study into this ac
tion. This study is vital for
two reasons.
FIRST OF ALL, what fac
tors were present that would
allow two students to act on
their conscience? The second
and most pressing reason is
the prevention of the mass
spread of this disease to any
other students who have
ma!ntained an active cons
cience. It is of the utmost
importance that then
students (if alive) be made
aware of this sickness. The
main symptom of this ugly
sickness is rumored to be an
overpowering love for all
people.
A.S.U.N., I appeal to you.
You must act quickly and
violently as I know you can.
In Peace and Love
Bob Lucy
Dear Editor:
WeH, you've done it again!
Your editorial page never
ceases to amaze me. I see
you're still supporting draft
dodgers here on campus.
Well, as a former Sgt-U.S.
Marines, (and dam proud of
it), I simply cannot go along
with your views.
If everyone felt like you did,
I'm afraid our country would
be in a hell of a shape.
Anyone who avoids the draft
to obtain temporary safety
deserves neither liberty nor
safety!
YOUR CONCEPT of war is
extremely limited it seems to
me, so may I suggest you
and your staff spend a thir
teen month tour in the Viet
Nam theatre of conflict to
broaden your scope. Perhaps
this would no doubt enlighten
you as to the moral issues
you always seem to bring into
your articles in "The Daily
Nebraskan."
As for me, I don't feel like
fighting a war in the United
States. We've got to stop
Communist aggression
someplace and Viet Nam
seems like as good a place
as any. Stop and think about
it, what have you done for
your country lately?
Warrem H. Storms
Dear Editor:
Ernie Chambers said that
defenders of free enterprise
do not understand motives
other than "making money."
On the contrary, we do
understand what the sloppily
used terms mean. We know
that only two choices are open
to a man wishing to survive:
making money, i.e. creatine
wealth, or parasiting those
who do make money.
Chambers is right: the
American government has
become destructive of our
rights. However, it is not by
attacking free enterprise that
we will reverse the situation.
Jacky Emmons Hood
Tom Cardwell
Roger Stark
Hull Cook
Edwin LoeffeL Jr.