II-"My Life With The Klan" - Jerry Thompson - Nashville Tennessean

II-"My Life With The Klan" - Jerry Thompson - Nashville Tennessean

Reporter Survives Sudden KKK Quiz

by: Jerry Thompson | publication date: December 8, 1980 | Publication: The Nashville Tennessean |

I was about to become an undercover member of the Ku Klux Klan - but only if I first could withstand Klan leader Don Black's rapid-fire cross-examination about my background. And it was clear that he was suspicious, as he must be about every Klan recruit. He eyes, staring intently into my own, did not waved. He was looking for that flicker of hesitation, that momentary stumble, that one slip of mine that would tip him off that I was not what I pretended to be.

In his second article reporting on his time spent undercover as a Klansman, Thompson describes the final and most nerve-racking stage of his initiation: an interrogation by Klan faction-leader Don Black. Thompson's entire "My Life with the Klan" series was reprinted by The Tennessean as a separate book with the same title.

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