Mail Online has recently published the outstanding photojournalism of photographer Anthony Karen. He went into the belly of the beast and photographed members of the American Klu Klux Klan (KKK). While no where near the force of its glory days in the early part of the 20th Century, it still exists and is part of the growing right wing hate groups in America.
The site reports:
American photojournalist Anthony Karen is a man used to the margins of American culture. He has chronicled far-right extremists, the New Black Panthers and even members of the widely-reviled Westboro Baptist Church.
Now he has created an astonishing visual record of the Ku Klux Klan, a white-supremacist organisation known for its white robes with conical hoods.
He gained the trust of KKK members and was able to capture them in candid, unguarded situations that give a unique insight into the world they inhabit.
The New York-based photographer said that despite their horrific beliefs they came across as normal people in their day-to-day lives. He recalled meeting one Klansman shortly after he started the project that worked as an engineer on a nuclear submarine.
He said: 'The majority of the people I've come across are no different than somebody living next door. You'd only know they were in the Klan if they decided to share that with you, had a distinguishing emblem on a T-shirt or a racially-themed tattoo.
'They live normal lives, some with stronger racial overtones than others. There is wealthy and poor, intelligent and unintelligent… just like anywhere else.'