Thursday, February 10, 2011


In the chapter "The Klansman who won't use the N-word, Ronson tells the story of how he spent time with the Ku Klux Klan. In this chapter, Ronson proves how the Ku Klux Klan is different nowadays than it was in the past. The Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Thom Robb, is not the usual type of leader for the Ku Klux Klan. Ronson tries to show how Thom wants to do things differently and have a more positive image. The fact that Thom avoids using the word "nigger" shows that he does have some feelings for black people. Ronson wants us to get the impression that the Ku Klux Klan doesn't necessarily act and live the way everyone thinks they do. Even though the members of the Ku Klux Klan don't seem as terrible as everyone makes them out to be, they still believe in some horrible and offensive ideas. I think Ronson wanted us to realize that the members are people just like us, just with very different views. I think Ronson exemplified this by how he had normal conversations with them and how they really didn't judge him, however they didn't know he was Jewish.

I thought this chapter was extremely interesting. I was so surprised by a lot of the actions of the members of the Ku Klux Klan. I guess i never really did a lot of research on the subject, i just knew it was a horrible thing that was classified as a "cult". It is interesting how there are different Ku Kluz Klans throughout the country and how their actions differ from each other. The new Klan is a big improvement on the old Klan, however I still think they are pretty messed up but at least they are trying to be a little more polite. By Thom making his members avoid the N-word, can help lead them in a better direction. I don't think it will fix anything major or change anything anytime soon but it is better than nothing. I did like this chapter though, it was entertaining.

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