We've seen a lot of weird, phobic, behavior around the robes of Ku Klux Klan, a phenomenon that's been prominent three times in American history (Reconstruction, the 1920s, and the early 60s
) but since then has dwindled to basically nothing.
- The Oberlin Blanket Klan—Lena Dunham tweeting "Hey, Obies, remember the beautiful, inclusive and downright revolutionary history of the place you call home. Protect each other” because someone had been spotted wrapped in a blanket.
- The Dominican Priest Klan—a Catholic priest spotted wearing the robes of his order, and his rosary mistaken for a whip.
- The Kanadian Kostume Klan—a member of the the Canadian Legion (same as the American Legion, slightly different wars) investigated for dressing up as a Klansman, while leading a fellow member wearing blackface. (Pictures here—is it more hateful that they won first prize?)
However, if a Muslim woman
shows up in a Ninja mask and you complain, you're the problem
So here's the latest on Klan Robes—York University in Pennsylvania has banned an exhibition (more or less designed to stir up hatred against whites) because the sight of the robes might "disturb" people.
College: Art show with KKK robes too disturbing for public, AP, October 10, 2017YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania college has barred the public from seeing a provocative art exhibition on slavery, white supremacy and racist violence against blacks, deeming it "potentially disturbing."The touring "Rewind" exhibition opened at York College on Aug. 31, a few weeks after the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The show includes a display of mannequins dressed in colorful KKK-style robes, images of lynchings and artwork that deals with recent police shootings of unarmed blacks.York officials say they decided to limit attendance to people with college IDs and invited guests."The images, while powerful, are very provocative and potentially disturbing to some. This is especially the case without the benefit of an understanding of the intended educational context of the exhibit," said a statement released by college spokeswoman Mary Dolheimer [Email her].The artist, Paul Rucker, of Baltimore, said the private college has missed an opportunity to start a dialogue about race relations. He said the show was previously mounted in Ellensburg, Washington, and Ferguson, Missouri, without any restrictions."There is so much more to art than pretty pictures and naked guy sculptures," Rucker told the York Daily Record. "But there is a learning curve in showing art like this."
Well, you can see the whole thing online here.
Like I say, it's not a member of the actual Klan trying to engage in free speech, but a black artist (Paul Rucker [Email him
]) engaging in hate speech tying the Klan to police self-defense.