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Uh, yeah. The KKK’s outfits bear an uncanny resemblance to Catholic capirote — the conical headdress with eyeholes that evolved during the 16th century, when the Spanish Inquisition reached its zenith. During Easter week, penitents still don these hooded capes and often engage in self flagellation to atone for the previous year’s sins. It’s thought that William J. Simmons of Atlanta, the guy who came up with the KKK uniform, was obsessed with fraternal societies and modeled his designs on the capirote. Seems only fitting that he took his inspiration from an outfit conceived during an era of religiously sanctioned torture and terrorism against anyone who was different.

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