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[Written by: Gabriel Scott]

If you look at the photo shown, your first thought would probably be that it’s a picture of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Well, believe it or not, this is not a photo of the KKK. This is a picture of a group of Black men called, “The Negro Brotherhood of Seville, Spain”. This was a Black sacred group, dressed in white sheets and hoods, that marched the streets of Seville. Overall, it was a tradition held in Seville, Spain dating back to the 1460’s. They were Christian men who believed in the teachings and principles of Jesus Christ and were adamant about promoting Christ and who he is. This particular group represented love and positivity. It wasn’t until four centuries later in 1866, a group by the name of Ku Klux Klan was established and emerged as an organization continuing to keep African Americans inferior. According to early 20th century historian, J.A. Rogers, descendants today that are of Spanish Negroes are quite bleached from mixing with their White neighbors. The old Negro traditions still remain. Priests, guides, and others in Seville informed Rogers that the garb is exactly like that of centuries ago. Later, the Negroes rose to a position of prominence.

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