Please use the article “Passing the Torch” to answer the following questions.
The Ku Klux Klan was/is a white supremacist organization prominent in the 1920s that wears white hoods and robes and burns cross to visibly mark their explicitly racist mission. The Klan is not considered “mainstream” but rather an extremist organization with out-of-touch values that do not represent America’s tolerance for diversity and pluralism. The common understanding is that the Klan is an embarrassing remnant of a past now long gone, even if there are a few chapters of the Klan still organizing across the United States.
Does the author of “Pass the Torch” believe that it is strategic to label the U.S. political entity known as the Tea Party, which promotes a lot of the same Ku Klux Klan virtues of white Protestant nationalism, as a continuation of the more visible hooded/robed Ku Klux Klan?
Why or why not?