"I still approach the Klan members as I did during the first rally I attended," Karen told LIFE, explaining the unprecedented access he's been granted. "I keep my camera off to the side, and I go up and introduce myself, or catch up with people I know from previous events. But there’s no real secret to how I've gotten this access: it's all about honesty and being interested in what people have to say. People notice things like that."
....Of the children Karen has encountered while photographing the Klan, and what they might think or feel about their place in the group's legacy, he says: "I don't feel it's appropriate for me to get into discussions with someone's child. One aspect of my interaction is that I never ask names, or interview people. My information comes naturally from routine conversations. I think pulling out a pen and paper changes the relationship between photographer and subject -- especially in this case."
Karen says: "I guess I prefer stories with a little edge to them. I find it extremely interesting to document a controversial belief system -- to capture people when they're in a vulnerable state, running on raw emotion. It's about being allowed into someone's personal space, respecting that trust, being grateful for the chance to see something that most don't get to see."
Some hate, but some just prefer racial separation. I even know of one group with two open lesbian members.
This innoent child is going to grow up knowing nothing but hate an violence, it is so sad.
"You've got to be taught to hate and fear
You've got to be taught from year to year
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught..."
calling the movement "white nationalism" really falls into lipstick-on-a pig territory.
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