Today, the Ku Klux Klan is one of the most extreme and reviled symbols of American racism. The Klan is best described as a social organization with a wildly successful multi-level marketing structure not for making money but for growing the organization. It was not an organization of wealthy people but a spiritual congregation of poor and ignorant whites absent of a pot to piss in. The Ku Klux Klan, commonly called the KKK or the Klan and comedically misspelled as the Kluck Kluck Klan, is an American terrorist organization considered to be a bunch of chickens who could never do anything without their faces being covered. The KKK was founded in 1866, and extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for Blacks. The operative words here are 'southern states' that should bring to your attention the words, poor, poverty, unemployed, uneducated blacks and whites. Therefore there is a dog eat dog mentality with fierce competition in which people are willing to harm each other in order to succeed. This harm simply came from poor whites by violence always brewing since slavery until Donald Trump the only millionaire besides his father being in the KKK.

You cannot say the south was competitive among Blacks and whites because that would be far from the truth. This white organization saw its primary goal–the reestablishment of white supremacy by keeping Blacks in their place even if killing was necessary. There is a point to be made, this mentality came from poor whites whose quality of life was no better than poor blacks economically so they had to get ahead by any means necessary. The KKK didn't have the DuPonts, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Morgans as members but southern whites working on the highest levels as judges, bankers, lawyers, and retailers. And on the lowest levels as cotton, cattle and pig farmers. Yet too poor and uneducated for competition.

Money begets money but poor begets racism and the vehicles of hate to go along with it.

Has the economical gains of whites changed the game any since the racially divided 19th century? Actually the KKK still exist but are more stealth in suits instead of boots, robes and hoods and the incomes have risen significantly to middle-class but it is still not a rich white man's organization. The organizational structure of the KKK is still the same but it has lost its major power to intimidate Blacks who I must say have advanced beyond the days of Jim Crow. That is not to say the KKK doesn't raise their ugly hoods along the way, because they do from time to time, but Blacks should be in a better economical position to hold their own among what is still considered a white trash organization.