Women of the KKK
Laura Smith explains how women provided a kinder, gentler image of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, serving as a masquerade for white supremacy. Some half a million women joined the ranks of the WKKK, not long after women had won the right to vote.
"By the end of the decade, the organization had dispersed, though no doubt, the women continued to channel their xenophobic ideologies into other forms of civic engagement such as PTAs, school boards, and local and national politics. As [author Kathleen] Blee noted, 'the political lesson of Klan history for those working toward a more just and egalitarian society, is the ease with which racism and intolerance appealed to ordinary people in ordinary places.'”
This concluding passage feel particularly resonant, given the politicisation of school boards and positions in other public bodies, and the permission with which Trump grants white nationalists with his own brand of xenophobia.