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Education Versus the Klan


If it is true that the Ku Klux Klan, having already gained a footing at Harvard, is about to begin a vigorous "drive" to increase its membership among the students, then that venerable institution will have a chance to show what it can do when confronted by a danger like this. Indeed, the University authorities well might search their hearts carefully to find out how it happens that even one of the young men whom they supposed to be teaching reason and truth should have been led astray by such vicious and absurd arguments as the Ku Klux Klan has been presenting to them. Only in the case of the greenest of Freshmen could such a thing be possible, if Harvard training effects its designed ends.

Klanism is for the Illiterate or the stupid for those who have despaired of our laws and our courts as the guardians of public order and safety.

It is well enough for the Harvard students to hear what the Klansmen have to say for themselves, their masks and their methods; but if the students are not capable of seeing through the fallacies and the criminalities of which the Ku Klux Klan program wholly is composed, then a college education is of little value. N. Y. Times

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