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In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing, so Kennedy went undercover to infiltrate the group. By regularly attending meetings, he became privy to the organization’s secrets. But when he took the information to local authorities, they had little interest in using it. The Klan had become so powerful and intimidating that police were hesitant to build a case against them.

Struggling to make use of his findings, Kennedy approached the writers of the Superman radio serial. It was perfect timing. With the war over and the Nazis no longer a threat, the producers were looking for a new villain for Superman to fight. The KKK was a great fit for the role.

In a 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” the writers pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. As the storyline progressed, the shows exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets. By revealing everything from code words to rituals, the program completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them.

How Superman Defeated the Ku Klux Klan | Mental Floss (via sarkos)

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How The "Scandal" Effect Has Changed Television

blackgirlstalking:

In a rare departure from cat pictures and “Which Channing Tatum Is Right For You” quizzes, Buzzfeed has posted a fairly comprehensive rundown of diversity in the coming 2014-2015 network television season. Many have already pointed out good places to be wary: like Fresh Of The Boat's use of an almost exclusively Korean American cast to tell a story based on the memoir of a Taiwanese American individual…or, all of Selfie (its only redeeming factor at the moment is John Cho in general and…John Cho in a suit). But, overall it would seem that the major networks are beginning to realize that demographics a) have never been as White as they suspected and b) are even less so now. Which is hopefully a good thing. Oddly enough, Buzzfeed failed to mention ABC’s upcoming comedy-musical series Galavant and its Indian Canadian female lead, or CW’s new series The Flash, which features a Black female lead and the blessing of Jesse L. Martin playing a cop again. At the very least let’s all shout hosanna for the fact that there is now a 3hr block of primetime television on ABC that is run exclusively by a Black woman at its head. 

~Aurelia

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one time my religion teacher who has a monobrow asked me “what the hell did you do to your hair?” because i had a blonde streak through it and i said “what the hell did you do to your eyebrow” and he sent me outside

when i came back in he asked everyone what monotheism was and i said it meant a religion that worshiped one god because mono means one as in monobrow and he sent me out again

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ediebrit:

this video saved my life

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