Civil Rights: Paying for Racism

Paying for Racism

Opponents of the Ku Klux Klan have long tried to stop its racist activities. Last week an all-white jury in Mobile may have finally done it. In a civil suit against the United Klans of America arising from the 1981 murder of a black teenager by six U.K.A. members, the jury awarded damages of $7 million to the mother of Michael Donald, who was beaten, strangled and hung from a tree. Anti-Klan experts say the huge fine could dismantle the complex financial network of the U.K.A., the oldest, largest (2,500 members) and most secretive of the various Klan groups. More important,...