Michael Zak, the historian who wrote the biographies of famous black Republicans on the GOP’s “Heroes” page, has an op-ed at Big Government comparing ACORN’s rumored restructuring and rebranding efforts to that of the Ku Klux Klan. The connection? Well, the Ku Klux Klan tried to suppress votes or engineer fraud, and ACORN has been caught registering bogus voters.
Like ACORN, the Ku Klux Klan operated with impunity until Republican politicians and journalists sounded an alarm. In 1869, Nathan Bedford Forrest, the KKK’s Grand Dragon, ordered the Klan disbanded. Why? The national organization was getting too much attention, so Klansmen would have to soldier on in state-level organizations, such as the Red Shirts in South Carolina and the Men of Justice in Alabama. Nonetheless, most members of these spin-off groups considered themselves to be Klansmen.
The fact that the KKK suppressed and terrorized black voters while ACORN, well, doesn’t — sort of left out here.