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Ku Klux Klan joins newspapers, albums, in “stuff the internet killed” file

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The internet happened and newspapers are in trouble. The internet happened and albums are in trouble. And now, the internet happened and the Ku Klux Klan is in trouble. Indeed, just as our favorite old-timey sources of information and entertainment have capitulated to the almighty web and died, so, too, has our "favorite" source of domestic and sartorial terrorism. Despite having once been America's revolutionary spokesmen for hatred, avant-garde headgear, and the wearing of white after Labor Day, the Ku Klux Klan seems unable to keep up with the times. 

In just one year, the number of KKK chapters throughout the country dropped from 221 to 152. Of course, the Klan has already been something of a niche organization for years: while it once counted among its ranks an estimated fifteen percent (!) of the American population, its market share was gradually eroded by more peaceful clusters of bigotry, like the Boy Scouts, Kirk Cameron’s fan-club, and Paula Deen’s racist biscuits. Though superficially, the decline of the Ku Klux Klan may appear to be an example of America coming to its senses, the marginalization of the Klub might just be a result of reassigned hatred: in present-day America, hating other races just isn't as popular as hating foreigners, the gays, the poors, or Lana Del Rey. Plus, there's the fact that internet has made it far easier to be a cowardly armchair-racist: if there's anything easier than donning an identity-protecting costume to terrorize people at night, it's spouting Mein Kampf quotes from behind a badass screen name on a message board filled with other like-minded idiots.

Another crucial factor in the Klan's downfall is the archaism and general poor design of its website: while cutting-edge pushers of old-school intolerance have garnered large followings by using the mediascape to their advantage, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’s website (NSFW, obviously) might easily be mistaken for Medieval Times' online menu.