It was only formed in 2012, and it was built from the rubble of the now-defunct Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.The Loyal White Knights made its first splash with a rally in March 2013 in Memphis, Tenn., where it went to protest the city’s decision to rename three parks, including one honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slaveyard owner, Confederate officer and, after the Civil War, first national leader of the Klan.It's exciting to see their reactions and contentment.It truly benefits both sides," says Joanna Monteiro, executive creative director at FCB Brazil.Although the event only drew some 60 white supremacists, the buildup, following the White Knights’ promise to bring “thousands,” got serious attention in American newspapers.And, as usual, many European papers joined in with credulous forecasts of a huge rally.The SPLC has estimated that there are, at most, 4,000 to 6,000 Klansmen in America today, a far cry from the estimated 40,000 Klansmen active in the 1960s.In addition, the Knight Riders, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, whose 13 klaverns made up part of the 2013 count, dissolved in early January 2014.
That came to the fore again with the press attention that the Loyal White Knights and the Traditionalist American Knights got out of their leafleting — press attention that is the lifeblood of publicity- and dues-hungry Klan bosses.What they really seemed to be seeking was the dues that come with new members. The Traditionalist Knights grew from three klaverns in 2012 to seven in 2013.At the same time, the Loyal White Knights grew from 16 klaverns in 2012 to 52 in 2013, making it the largest Klan group in the country by chapter count and also, with its pamphleteering, the most visible.The conversations are recorded and uploaded as private You Tube videos for the teachers to evaluate the students' development.
"The idea is simple and it's a win-win proposition for both the students and the American senior citizens.
But that growth likely came from absorbing the detritus of other groups.