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Fiery Cross
Symbol Type

Racist/Extremist Group

Symbol Description

Burning Christian cross, often with image of Klansman standing in front of it

Also Known As

Burning Cross

Traditional Use/Origins

None

Hate Group/Extremist Organization

Ku Klux Klan

Extremist Meaning or Representation

See below

Background/History

Cross-burnings (called "cross-lightings" by Klansmen) have long been a traditional symbol for the Ku Klux Klan, used both in Klan rituals and in attempts to intimidate and terrorize victims of the Klan. Cross-burnings originated with the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915 and have been around ever since.



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