If you are unfamiliar with RT (Russian Television) It’s an English language TV network from Russia, a holdover from the cold war, which runs made up stories, where the US usually comes out looking pretty bad. The stories are so real-looking, that I actually called home once to find out if Brooklyn was under martial law.
Let me take a minute to say, I hate the KKK. I wish they didnt exist. Sadly, they do, and they provie a chink in the US armor, which allows foreign detractors to criticise us. Having said that, this paper is about infamatory and misleading reporting by RT.
A recent RT headline said “KKK plans to employ US troops in training for upcoming race war”. First off, private organizations are not allowed to hire US troops. The phrase “US troops” implies US government involvement. US troops can’t do ANYTHING without government approval. That’s where the US part of their name comes from. But obviously, the US government is not involved in training the KKK for anything. In fact, the US government has listed the KKK as a terrorist organization, and closely monitors their movements. Next, 25% of US military personnel are minorities. So, I am not certain how diligently they would train the KKK to fight against minorities.
Any time a story says “The KKK is doing this or that,” keep in mind that the KKK, Aryan brotherhood, American Nazis and any of these other hate groups are very loosely affiliated splinter groups. They very rarely have unified policies or coordinated actions. I don’t doubt that somewhere in US there are Klan groups training for a war. I don’t doubt there are EX soldiers in the Klan. I also don’t doubt there are recruitment drives which include children. There are a number of legitimate sources which document these facts. But the Klan is not a widespread army. It is not a unified force. It does not represent a threat to the fabric of America. And, they are closely monitored by the FBI.
If a group looks dangerous, action will be taken. Sadly, as with any terrorist group, police action may come too late. In a free country, groups have the right to exist and to preach and believe almost anything they wish. They only become criminal when they take action. So, arrests often come after the fact.
As for a perversion of the Second Amendment: The Second Amendment clearly states that state militias may exist in the US. They are the final line of defense if the country were ever invaded, and they are the final checks and balances against possible tyranny by the federal government. BUT, only state militias are protected under the constitution. Private armies are expressly forbidden under US law. As individual citizens, the KKK members are allowed to own and possess firearms, in accordance with local and federal gun laws. As a group, they may be allowed to provide firearms and hand-to-hand training to their members. But, the moment they claim they are building an army or are planning a war against US citizens, then they have crossed the line, and hopefully, the FBI will take action, as they did with The Branch Davidians.
Having said all of this, if you want news, don’t go to RT. They intentionally distort stories to make it appear that the US if collapsing. If you pray for a US collapse, so you can thumb your nose and say “Nanny, nanny, boo, boo”, well then you better learn how to say it in Chinese.
Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of sport, writing his dissertation on comparative forms of Chinese wrestling. He is martial arts and adventure author living in Asia, the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.
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