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  • The year was 1946.

  • Radio was king, and "The Adventures of Superman" ruled the airwaves.

  • But with fascism vanquished, the Man of Steel set his sights on a different foe.

  • This is the story of how Superman busted the Ku Klux Klan.

  • - Because unless we stop this fiery cross clan now, they'll get you no matter where you go.

  • - The story starts with Stetson Kennedy, a journalist who infiltrated the Klan for the Anti-Defamation League.

  • - He wanted to melt the cultural glue that held the clan together.

  • - Thanks, Rick.

  • - No problem.

  • - That's Rick Bowers. - B-O-W-

  • - He wrote this book.

  • - "Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan."

  • - But what does Stetson Kennedy have to do with Superman?

  • Remember, the Last Son of Krypton needed a new enemy.

  • - The producers of the radio show, on a very bold gambit, decided Superman would take on real-life hate groups.

  • - The creators of "The Adventures of Superman" used Kennedy's research to produce a 16-part series called

  • "The Clan of the Fiery Cross" - "The Clan of the Fiery Cross," where a great secret society pledged to purify America.

  • - The Superman producers went to the Anti-Defamation League, and said, "Authenticate our script. Provide us more information."

  • - It was a way to get the message out that no one else could get out just by telling horror stories.

  • - I am the Grand Scorpion of the Clan of the Fiery Cross.

  • - The Grand Rat, you mean!

  • - It exposed the clan as hate-mongers, but it also exposed the clan as a money-driven organization.

  • - I'm running a business, Rigs, and so are you!

  • We deal in one of the oldest and most profitable commodities on earth: hate.

  • - It was a break-through in American broadcasting.

  • Not only had they done this great public service, but they elevated themselves to the number one radio show for kids on air.

  • - Well, they're cowardly gangsters who operate at night, hidden behind sheets and hoods.

  • Their minds are diseased with hate.

  • No one is safe from them.

  • - I guess you could say that the white robes stood no chance against the Man of Steel.

The year was 1946.

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How Superman Busted the KKK

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    許大善 posted on 2019/11/16
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