The Ku Klux Klan commonly called the KKK or the Klan, is an American white supremacist hate group whose primary targets are African Americans, as well as. The Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, is the oldest and most infamous of American hate groups. Founded by David Duke in 1975, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has attempted to put a "kinder, gentler" face on the Klan, courting media attention and. Founded in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern. Following the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan emerges to suppress and victimize newly freed slaves. Ku Klux Klan, either of two distinct U.