In Trethewey’s poem Incident she describes a cross burning conducted by the Ku Klux Klan. Back when she was growing up, demonstrations like this were commonplace throughout the South, but we do not hear much about the Ku Klux Klan nowadays. However, here is a story that proves that groups of Klan members still exist.
A man in Ohio was arrested on April 2, 2012 for menacing an African American and threatening him with a gun. The man was with a group of about nine others that were all wearing Ku Klux Klan robes. Thankfully nobody was injured in the altercation.
This shows that, although the Ku Klux Klan is much less prominent in society now, there are still occasional incidents that should not be taken lightly.
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