January 22, 1883: Supreme Court Permits Actions by the KKK

Racially unjust laws have permeated across state and federal courts throughout our nation’s history. Though passed by progressive Republicans to protect African Americans from racial terror, in 1883,  the Supreme Court struck down the Force Act of 1871 (also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act or the Civil Rights Act of 1871) which made it a crime for individuals to conspire for the purpose of depriving others of their right to the equal protection of the law.

The landmark case, United States v. Harris signifies a pivotal moment in our nation’s history and should never be forgotten.

Via Equal Justice Initiative.