The Ku Klux Klan is a faction in Red Dead Redemption 2.
The Ku Klux Klan was founded after the Civil War by Confederate veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee. Originally it was a social club, and its name was derived from the Greek word kuklos (meaning circle) mixed with the clan (spelled with a K). The group grew in membership and later became a violent white supremacist terrorist organization during the Reconstruction. By 1911, much of the Klan had dissolved, with only a few small remnants in existence who recruit members and host ceremonies of burning crosses in secret to evade American authorities.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
The player can encounter members of the Ku Klux Klan on a few occasions: when they are initiating a new member into the organization and burning a cross as they complain about Congress and its policies regarding their numbers as well as promising to establish "supremacy and sanity before it is too late". When they are trying to lift a cross for a burning ceremony, and when a few members show up disappointed that there weren't 25 members. The player then has the option of either killing them or watching the ceremony go awry in the first encounter, having the cross dropped on them in the second encounter, and seeing them burn themselves again in the third encounter. Killing Klan members in the first encounter will not reduce the player's Honor, and in fact, will raise it.
- The Ku Klux Klan's appearance in-game during the years of 1899-1907 is a slight anachronism. While the first Klan was founded in 1865, they were no longer active during the time period the game takes place and had died out by 1872. The Klan wouldn't emerge again until the mid 1910's during World War I.
- Arthur seems to have a particular disgust for the Ku Klux Klan, as he will often insult them and even refer to them as "hooded rogues".
- The Ku Klux Klan are never actually mentioned by name.
- As of June 2020, hackers using mod menus in Red Dead Online were spawning ped models of Ku Klux Klan to harass players. Rockstar Games addressed the issue and have patch the game to prevent hackers from spawning members of the KKK.