Dil Pickle Club Versus K. K. K.

1845-1945, Trevor Blake / Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
A spirited attack on the Klan by a regular at the Dill Pickle Club was reported by the Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) for Monday September 5th, 1921.  The Dill Pickle Club was a home to heresy.  It was the publisher of the 1927 edition of Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. It was the soapbox for Sirfessor Malfew Seklew during his time in Chicago.  With great foresight it spoke in favor of the Jews in Poland, well before fascist and communist oppression was at its height. And the Dill Pickle Club dared to speak out against the Klan at a time when the Klan was only growing in power. – Trevor Blake


“The Ku Klux Klan strikes at the heart of American democracy; it is playing to men’s baser passions,” declared Bishop Samuel Fallows, presiding bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, before 200 persons at the revived Dill Pickle club in Tooker alley, last night. A third of the audience were Negro men and women.

“If American life has grown so morally desperate,” the bishop said, “that violators of the law must have secret warnings and night visits by shrouded men; if the courts have become so impotent that a secret society must try offenders, then God help this country.

“I came to the Dill Pickle club last year to protest against the ungodly, un-Christian and un-Ameriean treatment of the Jews in Poland. I now say: Down with the Ku Klux Klan! It Is a vicious thing.”

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