The Ku Klux Klan is alive! Photographer 11 years studied inside a secret society
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About the Ku Klux Klan have not heard. Once powerful ultra-right organizations, a hundred years ago there were more than three million followers, it was officially dissolved in 1944. Particularly restless activists soon revived the clan, and he was still a noise, while not completely decayed by 90 th.
However, the case-racist Confederates still lives. Scattered groups of followers in our day to sew hats and carry a mysterious ritual of kindling the cross. And not only in the United States. They, of course, is not satisfied with the mass torchlight processions and lynched blacks, but the tradition blyudut.
New York photographer Anthony Karen, known for his work on religious ideologies, has managed to ingratiate himself with the Ku Klux klanovtsam. For 11 years, he traveled the southern states and photographing specific events of the organization.
"My goal was to capture the core values of the Ku Klux Klan and its unwritten laws - Karen says. - Perhaps this is the most difficult professional challenge of my life. And it was very interesting. "
In 2007, the photographer visited the "family gathering" Ku Klux Klan, which took place in Arkansas in early September. Activists from five states, together with their wives and children had a picnic "racial unity".
For three days, they played games, fried barbecue, rewarded each other for some services and photographed. Every hour of firing guns into the air, until the neighbors threatened to call the police. Finally held and the famous ritual of kindling cross. However, due to a legislative ban on campfires cross did not ignite, but just bodykit his Christmas lights.
A sign on a makeshift dining room: "KKK-kitchen: reinforce itself, support the race."
During the same picnic in the clan took the new members. The ceremony of initiation is that man stands on a chair, his neck snapped loop and ask, "Do you trust the Hangman" He says he trusts, and is coming off his chair. The rope, of course, is not fixed.
But that's not all. After all newcomers vykazhut trust Hangman, they are single-file, put a hand on his shoulder to someone in a vigorous pace walk around in the woods after the great sage. The chain thus should not be broken, even when it is tested for strength shots into the air.
According to the ideology of the Ku Klux Klan, these tests enable us to develop a mutual trust and loyalty to the organization, as well as show the courage of man or the lack thereof.
The following year, in Louisiana Karen was lucky enough to witness the wedding Ku Klux klanovtsev. Young were dressed in traditional dress, and the ceremony had a real priest - a member of the fraternity.
Rings exchanged against the background of the burning of the cross (this time really burning). It symbolizes the light of Christ, which brings the sacred truth in this sunken in the darkness of the world. And the altar bride and groom walking down the hall of honor.
During his travels, Anthony approached the old woman Momma Ruth from Tennessee. In the 70's she founded the business of making and selling the Ku Klux a Clan uniforms.
In the old days, Momma worked 80 hours a week, but after two-myocardial forced to take care of health. Now make one gown she takes at least three days, and earlier and missed one.
Clients come to her trailer all the time.
Three members of the clan during the ritual blood oath.
The meeting of the newly formed group. Left - the emblem of the clan: a cross with a drop of blood in the heart, indicating the destruction and purification. Right - the army of the Confederate flag, the former officers that after the defeat in the Civil War, founded the Ku Klux Klan.
Symbol clan as a tattoo on the body zealous follower.