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Ku Klux Klan members in United States politics - Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Hugo Black. In 1921, he joined the Ku Klux Klan thinking it necessary for his political career. Running for the Senate as a Democrat and as the "people's" candidate, Black believed he needed the votes of Klan members. Near the end of his life, Black would admit that joining the Klan was a mistake, but he went on to say "I would have joined any group if it helped get me votes."