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December 2018 - The Ku Klux Klan in Seattle

memo to council

A 1937 memo to City Council reads as follows:

The KU KLUX KLAN notes that one Howard G. Costigan, as quoted by the P.-I. of last Sunday, November 14th, 1937, asks an Investigation of the KU KLUX KLAN in Seattle.

We note also that 2 of your Members, as quoted, as asking investigation of the Silver Shirts – the Nazi movement, along with the Klan.

May we ask why the Italian Fascists also in Seattle, are not included?

Is there any thing more deadly – more sinister – to American Democracy, than Fascism, Naziism [sic], and Communism. The KU KLUX KLAN classes all these as un-American, with Communism as the most dangerous of the three.

The KU KLUX KLAN are ALL AMERICANS, no ism – no symbol – no salute – no flag – except to salute the Stars and Stripes, and the Stars and Stripes is OUR ONLY FLAG.

We invite investigation by your Body, to the fullest extent.


KU KLUX KLAN, Inc., by order of Chief of Staff,
John Reed

Legislative records show no evidence that an investigation of the Klan ever took place.