Hugo Black and the KKK

On the first day of October, 1937 Babu writes:

Justice Black spoke over the radio tonight, denying his affiliation with the Klu Klux Klan, although he admitted having been a member once.

Whenever I read something in a passage that reeks of such history I get a feeling similar to being close to a “thinny.”  Thinnies are a Stephen King creation where the fabric holding reality together gets a little thin.  Thinnies make a terrible metal scraping metal kind of noise but also have a hypnotic siren effect.  It’s like I read these pieces of passages and I almost feel as if I could step into a thinny and come out in another “when.”

And I always want to know more.  Who is this judge, was he in fact a card carrying member of the KKK and why was Babu so intrigued by this bit of national drama?  The last question I’ll more than likely never get an answer to.  The rest, I can find.


At I found this article.  I’m including some of it and you can also click on the link to find out more.

Hugo Black was a 20th century attorney, senator and Supreme Court justice known for both his former membership in the KKK and his pro-Civil Rights rulings.


What an interesting dichotomy.  I read that people in and outside of the black community protested him being appointed to the supreme court and while I agree with their reasons to, they were judging him based only on his past.  It seems, whatever his past association was, which my research says he wasn’t even considered a real member of the KKK and left soon after joining, his rulings and political beliefs seemed to support equality and diversity. wrote: “Black was also part of the unanimous court decision declaring school racial segregation illegal in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). ”  Not all of his ruling were beyond criticism, especially concerning Japanese-Americans in WWII, but he seemed to make a positive, liberal impact on our nation. 
I’m so glad that now I know!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. You’ve so eloquently illustrated the error in “black and white” thinking… Too often, people resort to a rigid, reactionary mindset when considering reality. Good and evil; Right and wrong. Our reality as humans, both individual and as part of a collective, is so extremely complicated that it cannot be accurately defined in such simple terms. Judge Black’s public identity and legacy is a stunning example of this. This blog is not only captivating, but thought-provoking! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Wow. Thanks so much. That’s what I was shooting for since reading about it in her diary intrigued me. I didn’t know if I explained well. Thanks again for such a compliment.


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