• Steven Heller

An Essay Contest For Hate Speech

The Kourier was the Ku Klux Klan’s members’ magazine founded in Dayton, Ohio, in the 1920s. Using the “K” instead of the “C” was a mnemonic representation of the Klan’s hard-edge actions and rhetoric. That they acted like a seemingly normal socio-political organization rather than the supremacist scum they were is reflected in their editorial rhetoric and the call for entries to their essay contents reproduced below.


The editorial below is about the presidential campaign pitting a Catholic, Al Smith (Governor of NYS) against Herbert Hoover, which the latter won. The Klan took an active role in supporting Hoover who tacitly supported their so-called spirit of Americanism. The Klan was brazen in its public relations because it was tolerated and celebrated by ordinary people who, on the cusp of the Great Depression, were threatened by African and ethnic Americans. Americanism, however, was their mantra. Never again!


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