Apparently, the Ku Klux Klan is recruiting new members in Tuscaloosa. The picture above is said to have been taken Sunday in the Tuscaloosa Walmart, and the flyers were allegedly left in numerous places all over the store.

Some people were obviously upset by this, and store management is supposedly reviewing surveillance footage to identify the party(-ies) responsible for leaving the unauthorized flyers.  Personally, I think too much attention is being given to the situation. Here's why:

  1. No successful organization has to solicit members.  They may open a window for which potential members may apply for entry, but they do not have to ask people to join. For instance, on most college campuses, there are sororities and fraternities.  When they are ready to accept new members, they let you know the application window.  Those who are interested in joining have usually done their own research and know all about the organization.
  2. The KKK is not too smart.  They may believe in keeping their lineage pure.  There's nothing wrong with that. According to their website (on the flyer), the Loyal White Knights "stand for freedom of speech, law and Order." They also work to protect their families and nation. Again, nothing wrong with that.  Here's the deal, though:  Their website is filled with too many grammatical and structural errors for them to be taken seriously. They're either holding so tightly to their ideals that they've completely ignored the importance of education (by which laws are made and influenced) or they're balking the institution of education. Either way, the organization is not coming across as the brightest bunch. You'd think that SOMEONE in the group would have come across the site and said, "Let me edit and rewrite this for us."  But nooooo! This leads me to believe that no one saw anything wrong with it.
  3. We would be stupid to think that "purist" groups went away with the ending of the Civil Rights Movement.  Those people didn't die! They just conformed to the law-- the same law that contains certain loopholes to vindicate necessary parties. In fact, some are law makers! I remember being told in high school that "he who controls the pen has the power."  The one who can write your life away is the one to watch, which leads me to my last point....
  4. It is up to us to maintain good names.  Proverbs 22:1 "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold." In this day, we have become so driven for money that we rob, steal, cheat, commit fraud, etc. We have children and neglect the responsibility of providing for them. We let our anger get the best of us until we assault each other, etc.  All of these contribute to others' perceptions of us as well as put us and our fates in their hands through the legal system. I firmly believe that if we do what we're supposed to do and in the correct posture, we'd keep ourselves from some of the opposition we face.

The fact of the matter is that eradicating hatred is almost impossible when the hater is determined to hate. But there's a popular saying that it's not what a person calls you that matter; what matters is to what you answer. Not everyone is going to like you, but if you go around spending your time trying to force them to accept you, do you know how much of life you've chosen to not live? I wish I would waste my time in combat against a neighbor who doesn't like me based on the color of my skin or political beliefs! I'd rather happily fulfill my destiny and torment them on the other side..... If they make it!