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Ku Klux Klan / Student Orgs. #52781

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 24, 1978
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(Studio) Earlier report on emergence of Ku Klux Klan from South noted. Upcoming report on Ku Klux Klan outlined.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(No location given) Presence of Ku Klux Klan orgs. in high school in Buffalo, New York, Putnam City, Oklahoma, which is near Oklahoma City, and Taft high school in Chicago noted. Alleged Klaners' attack on homosexuals in Putnam City mentioned. Interview of Taft high school members of Knights of the Ku Klux Klan shown; mbrs.' agreement to interview on condition they not be identified by name noted. [YOUTH - cites reasons for belief that Jews are worst enemy of white race.] [2nd YOUTH - says Ku Klux Klan objective is to orient society toward white ideas rather than those of blacks and Jews.] [YOUTH - describes alleged inferiority of blacks to whites.] Taft students' statement that KKK chapter was organization through national Ku Klux Klan faction with headquarters in LA. [3rd YOUTH - was tempted to join other groups, but found Klan, with leader David Duke, fit needs and ideas best.] [Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David DUKE - describes KKK aid to student groups in establishing own chapters.] Ku Klux Klan activity in pre-WW I film "Birth of a Nation" mentioned; scenes shown. Duke's travels each year, largely for recruiting efforts, noted. Anti-Defamation League figs. with regard to limited appeal of Ku Klux Klan views to students cited.

Brown, Bob;
Reasoner, Harry

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