The Modern-Day Ku Klux Klan

Text and Photographs


Vidor, Tex., October 1998

I grew up in McComb, Miss., one of the main battlegrounds of the civil-rights struggle in this country. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee held its first voter-registration drive there, in 1961; during the Freedom Summer of 1964, the Ku Klux Klan firebombed so many black homes and churches that McComb came to be known as "the bombing capital of the world." 

Even during the years of my childhood, in the 80s and 90s, there was considerable racial tension