By Joshua Ddamulira
The other day, I got into a heated discussion about the Black Panthers and the Ku Klux Klan. Here was the crux of the argument: Are the two groups actually equivalent extremist groups? The person who took the affirmative side believed that both groups fought vehemently for a truth relative to their beliefs. To Klan members, whites were the superior race, and people of “inferior” races climbing up the socioeconomic hierarchy opposed the Klan’s truth. As a response, the KKK terrorized and martyred blacks and other minorities in order to send a social message so that certain behaviors would not continue. The arguer of the affirmative paralleled the KKK with the panthers saying that antiracism was their truth, but their means of “violent action” to combat that racism makes them the equivalent to the KKK.