Mark of the Beast: An Introduction

This article originally appeared in Southern Exposure Vol. 8 No. 2, "Mark of the Beast." Find more from that issue here.

For over a hundred years, black and white people have fought the Ku Klux Klan. In these pages, we focus on what the Klan does and says (including the prayer below), and on strategies for fighting its menace. But as Anne Braden’s “Lessons From A History of Struggle” and other articles reveal, the Klan is only the mark of a larger beast — institutional racism and other forms of corporate exploitation. If the Klan is allowed to spread its venom unopposed, it will grow to proportions which threaten unions, community organizations and decent people everywhere. Armed with this section, we hope that you will not only oppose the mark but also destroy the beast. — Pat Bryant, Special Section Editor