Ku Klux Klan: Invisible Empire

CBS Reports

Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire is a 1965 educational film produced by CBS. It details some of the history of the KKK up to the point when the film was made.

Some people may think, “well that’s all in the past.” However, we still live with the legacy of what is depicted here. To this day, we hear people deliberately limiting how they speak, and how they act. What people say and what they do today is still affected by what was done in the past.

This film was located while searching for the footage of William J. Simmons conducting an initiation on Stone Mountain in Georgia. That mountain still stands. A memorial to the Confederacy, the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world, is still carved in the side of that mountain. It still depicts a heroic image of Confederate President Jefferson Davis with Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. It is one of at least 201 such memorials in the state of Georgia alone.

Ku Klux Klan Invisible Empire
Stone Mountain Carving by Jim Bowen, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0

What we call the Melanin Challenged Inferiority Complex remains, as well. Could the Ku Klux Klan Invisible Empire remain also? Listening to some of the statements made in the report, is seems the same mentality exists, but the words have been changed to protect the guilty.

Who decides what we see on Television and what we do not see on television? Who decides what we learn in school and what we do not learn in school? Who decides what books are in our libraries and what books are not in our libraries? Who decides what is news and what is not news?

The answers hint at just what is an invisible empire.

By Nnamdi Azikiwe

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