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by [anonymous], 19 Dec 1998
One of the KKK emblems is a blood drop (I called it a teardrop and was corrected). They may have a flag with that emblem, but for the most part there are three flags used:
Rick Wyatt, 3 February 1998
The original flag of the Ku Klux Klan is on display in the Tennessee state house in Nashville. The organization was founded after the War Between The States in 1866 I believe and until disbanded a few years later was a secret law enforcement organization in a region under federal law. The flag is a pennant with scalloped edges and has a dragon with the words in Latin "What Always, What Everywhere, What by All". So, it has nothing to do with the CSA. The Klan of the early 1900's had millions of members, flew American flags on their march on Washington, and was based in Indiana. Today there are hundreds of so called KKK groups with few members and they usually fly US, Christian, Confederate, and a KKK flag that is red with a celtic circle of some sort. The anti-CSA flag folks only notice the occasional Battle flag and not the USA or Christian flags.
Soren Dresch, 3 February 1998
The KKK had guidons in their first incarnation. One is on display in the Tennessee State Museum. The later version of the KKK, when it came back into being in the early 1900's mainly used the flag of the United States in their marches.
They did not use the rectangular CS battle flag (actually the battle flag of the Army of Tennessee in that shape) until the late 1940's when, their membership dropping like flies, they started using that flag to try and appeal to a baser Southerness they perceived as being there for new recruits.
I have seen many newsreel films of the KKK marching before this time and the only flag you see is the Stars and Stripes of the United States.
Greg Biggs, 6 February 1998
The first Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was founded--as a social club, not a hate group--in 1865, and disbanded in 1869, as its head (and at least one of its founders) were appalled by its violence. The second was founded in 1915 and disbanded some twenty years later when faced with a huge tax bill. In 1948 or so a survivor of the second Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan tried to revive the organization. Faced with the same tax bill (plus interest) he gave up the attempt. The name "Ku Klux Klan" is now free to all comers, and there are indeed several dozen similar (but separate) organizations using similar names.
John Ayer, 20 December 1998
Nazism Exposed | Flags and Symbols (Pålís site) states
The Cross of the Klu Klux Klan sometimes appears as an inspirational emblem in Europe where the Klan is weak and does not have any tradition.António Martins, 27 May 1998