V-"My Life With The Klan" - Jerry Thompson - Nashville Tennessean

V-"My Life With The Klan" - Jerry Thompson - Nashville Tennessean

Klan "Naturalization" Baptism...A "Silly, Stupid" Ceremony

by: Jerry Thompson | publication date: December 11, 1980 | Publication: The Nashville Tennessean |

There were many times when I was an undercover member of the Ku Klux Klan, garbed in my white, sheet-like robe and pointed hood, when I felt plain silly. But never in my life have I felt any more stupid than the night I went through my "naturalization" ceremony and was, in effect, "baptized" into the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

In the fifth article in his series, reporter Jerry Thompson describes in detail the Klan's baptismal ritual as part of his "naturalization" into the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Thompson's entire "My Life with the Klan" series was reprinted by The Tennessean as a separate book with the same title.

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