Burning of Cross

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Please discuss in a 4-5 page paper one of the following topics: •The act of flag burning •Protesting •Burning of a Cross •Ban on Prayer in the School System, Sports Events •Freedom of Speech on the Internet, Legal?

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Burning of CrossNameClassDateProfessorBurning of Cross The burning of a cross in America is a symbolic act associated with hate, prejudice, and many, many injustices. The burning cross emerged during a time when racial tension was at its highest and members of the Ku Klux Klan used this as a symbol for their hatred of African Americans. In the South there has always been a major racial divide that still exists until this day. During a time when African American were fighting for equality and to live in a society free of discrimination while the opposition, some Southern White Americans, and members of the white supremacy group, the Ku Klux Klan fought to keep African Americans as second class citizens. History Burning of the cross originated from Scotland when warriors would light a cross as a symbol of faith for their journey into the battle (Adams, 1993). The Scots also used the cross as a warning with marauders or enemies attempted to bring battle to their doorstep. The Klan began in 1866 in Tennessee as a group similar to the Knights Templar as a mysterious society who dealt out justice in the countryside as they saw fit. The name of the Ku Klux Klan was derived from the Greek word kyklos, meaning "circle," and the Scottish-Gaelic word "clan," which was probably chosen for the sake of alliteration (Adams, 1993) Originally the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan the group claims burning a cross is a ritual of the group based on an

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