WORKS FROM THE MMK COLLECTION


Imperial Office of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Sharpsburg, Maryland, 2007
Color photograph
94,8 x 113,9 x 3,2 cm
plate: 16,6 x 11,4 cm
edition 6/7+2.A.P.
(L to R) Youth Director, recruiter and Kleagle (age 18); Klansman (age 19);
David De Hart, Imperial Knighthawk; and the Reverend Gordon Young,
Imperial Wizard preparing to visit the local mall to pass out flyers.

The World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is a Maryland based, selfproclaimed,
neo-Nazi organization committed to recruiting youths to further the
KKK movement. They advocate 10 Steps to a Better America which are: 1. Stop Immigration
2. End Free Trade 3. End White Discrimination 4. Stop Interracial Marriage
5. Stop Foreign Aid 6. Stop Homosexuality 7. Stronger Law & Order 8. Support
Small Business 9. Defend Gun Rights 10. Live by the 14 Words: “We must secure the
existence of our race and a future for our white children.“ Their motto is, “Be a man,
join the Klan.“
The original KKK was founded by veterans of the Confederate Army in an effort
to thwart Reconstruction efforts. Membership suffered in 1871 with Congress'
adoption of the Ku Klux Klan Act, making it legal to prosecute practitioners. In
1915 what is known as the second KKK formed. In addition to cross burnings
and lynchings to terrorize and fatally torture African Americans, it preached anti-
Semitism, anti-Catholicism, and nativism. In 2006 the World Knights targeted the
sites of Civil War battlefields for many of their rallies, claiming them as sites where
“our white forefathers bled and died for our white freedom and white rights.“ These
included Antietam National Battlefield, Harper's Ferry and Gettysburg National
Military Park. At the latter, Reverend Gordon Young called for the immediate
removal of U.S. troops from Iraq in order to better fight illegal immigration at the
Mexican border. Public permits are granted to the KKK under the group's First
Amendment rights to free speech.
Aquired 2007
Inv. Nr. 2007/60
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Acquired with funding from the Grunelius-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main
picture credits:
© Taryn Simon
Photo: Axel Schneider
Taryn Simon
* 1975 in New York, NY (US)