As you know, at Sarah Palin’s Tea Party march on the White House yesterday, to protest the GOP shutdown of the federal government (which Palin supported and the Tea Party orchestrated), several of the Palin Tea Partyers were carrying Confederate flags, while others yelled a racist slur at the White House cops, and a speaker at the event accused the President of being a Muslim.
In the spirit of racist extremists storming Washington, someone Tweeted this video of a 1928 Ku Klux Klan march on Washington.
It’s an amazing video.
I think what’s so astounding, among other thing, is just the sheer number of people who turned out, so proud in their little white hoods. Not afraid to hide their faces. And of course, not just carrying American flags, but they even had people dressed up as Uncle Sam – the ultimate in patriotic statements.
It’s amazing in retrospect that people could be so naive, and hateful. In gay politics, we often talk about how dumb the anti-gay haters are going to look in 50 years, about how unkindly history is going to judge them. And it’s much like this video. It’s quite literally “unbelievable,” difficult to fathom in retrospect, that people could be this evil en masse, and proud about it. Then again, we have quite a bit of mass evil ourselves to reckon ourselves.
Another better shot from the National Archives’ holdings: