9 Gruesome Things That Were Perfectly Normal a Century Ago

KKK marches were a common occurrence

Whether we like it or not, the formation and evolution of the United States of America is deeply connected with the evolution of the terms, “white”, “slave” and, consequently, “race” and “racism”. “The world got along without race for the overwhelming majority of its history. The U.S. has never been without it”, said David R. Roediger, Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and author of Towards the Abolition of Whiteness: Essays on Race.

By 1920, disguised as family-friendly and patriotic, racism reached new heights in America. With the election of Woodrow Wilson as the 28th President of the United States (1913-1921) and the release of ‘The Birth of a Nation’ (1915), a pro-Klan movie directed by D. W. Griffith, , the Ku Klux Klan experienced a major revival and consolidated its ranks. Wilson openly promoted and supported the KKK, resegregating the federal government and perpetuating violence and inequality for Black Americans, calling black people “an ignorant and inferior race”.

During his term, the KKK was not only an accepted part of society, but the organization openly hosted and sponsored public events such as family festivals and gatherings, car races, baseball games and even baby contests. Its members officiated weddings and christenings. As described by sociology professor Kathleen M. Blee, “the local KKK was listed in the city directory, along with sewing clubs and agricultural societies.” They were also quite active in politics, sponsoring their own candidates for public offices, with historians referring to the 1924 Democratic National Convention as “Klanbake.”

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4 thoughts on “9 Gruesome Things That Were Perfectly Normal a Century Ago”

  1. China does that (child work abuse) TODAY and the Democratic Party, Entertainment Industry and Professional Sports ALLOW it to happen.

  2. Not sure we have improved much, drug use increased, killing fetus started, killing thousands of potential babies,
    alcohol use way up, highway deaths way up, now we have a pandemic killing thousands, wars killed thousands,
    world bad health and poor at all time high. R. Conn