12 Horrible Things That Happened on Christmas

The Formation of the KKK

The Formation of the KKK is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Horrible Things That Happened on Christmas

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Christmas hardly seems like the perfect day to form a hate group, but sure enough, that’s what happened. On Christmas Eve in 1865, in Pulaski, TN, a group of men who previously served in the Confederate Army got together to chat. They put together a brand new group meant to uphold white supremacy, and to reverse the government’s equal rights work after the Civil War. They wanted to make sure black people didn’t get rights and that the South could continue with segregation. This group was known as the Ku Klux Klan. To this day the hate group has members across the United States.

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