Marketing the KKK to Children

Andrew Pendergraft is the grandson of Thomas Robb, the modern-day Ku Klux Klan’s national director. As a young boy with floppy blond hair and a slight speech impediment, Pendergraft hosted a number of short episodes of his very own amateur talk show, “The Andrew Show,” which presents the Klan’s ideology in a format aimed at kids — more specifically, white kids.

Viewable on YouTube, the first episodes of the series were apparently filmed several years ago when Pendergraft was around 9 or 10 years old. The segments use pop culture references to relay advisories against race-mixing and other controversial beliefs promoted by the KKK.

I really don’t know what to say about this.

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2 Replies to “Marketing the KKK to Children”

  1. Thanks for this link, Mark. I often have my students read Ida B. Wells’ “Crusade for Justice,” because it provides so much opportunity for class discussions on the history of racial violence. In chapter 11, Wells offers an evocative reflection on children’s introduction to racial violence as a normative event. I can imagine showing the “Andrew Show” in class after my students read the following passage dated circa 1893:
    Wells’ reports, “Miss Laura Dainty-Pelham was traveling through Texas a year later and she often told how the wife of the hotel keeper kept talking about it [lynching] as if it were something to be proud of. While she talked, her eight-year-old daughter, who was playing about the room, came up to her mother and shaking her arm said, “I saw them burn the n–, didn’t I Mamma?” “Yes, darling, you saw them burn a n–,” said the complacent mother, as matter-of-factly as if she had said she saw them burn a pile of trash.” (Crusade for Justice, chapter 11, p. 85)
    Mark, I don’t think that you and I would have to say anything after students were given the opportunity to compare both stories. I think they would have a lot to say for themselves.

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