October 17, 1871

On October 17, 1871, US President Ulysses S. Grant suspended habeas corpus in parts of South Carolina during the prosecution of the Ku Klux Klan. Many ignorant people of that time, and also 130 years later, complained and said that the KKK was a militia and it was legal for them to be arresting, trying, and executing black people for trying to act like white people. At both points in history, then and now, those people are wrong. A private militia has no powers in the United States. Never did, never will.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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