Charleston, S.C., Mayor John Riley welcomed Obama to town during the last weekend of June for memorial services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, head of the Emanuel AME Church, where nine Black churchgoers were allegedly massacred by self-proclaimed white supremacist Dylan Roof June 17.

Riley said he and Obama spoke about possible solutions, telling the media, “I have spoken with the president and the vice president about this, and I have talked to the White House, too. One of the things we need to do is for the national government to give resources to expose these hate groups.”

He said that mention was made of monitoring organizations membership and their web activity. Dylan is alleged to have allied himself to extremist ideologies after being fed vile racist material via the web for nearly three years.

“In America, we worship the First Amendment and anybody can say anything they want … but we need to shine the spotlight on them [racist organizations] so at least we know where they are among the public. Neighbors should be able to know that the person living next to them is an absolute bigot. So there is a lot of work to do.”

The KKK and several other extremist groups have been cloaked in secrecy since their inception and still continue to operate underground, their members unknown. They are believed to still hold secret meetings, and members are said to operate in all walks of life, from professions such as attorneys to law enforcement, politicians and even judges.

“We need a national council on these hate groups. The president is talking about that. We have just got a lot more work to do,” Riley said. “We will remember the tragic event but also their grace. The president commended the community and this city for the way they have responded.”

The KKK’s ideologies surround race separation and Caucasian superiority, but within this allegedly post-racial society, their numbers have dwindled, causing them not to be viewed as much of a threat as in previous generations.

The KKK was established in the1860s in the rural South, once claiming a membership of 4 million during its heyday. Estimates currently hover around 8,000. Members have a history of grouping up to cowardly murder unarmed Blacks in unprovoked attacks. Bombings, burnings, hangings and other forms of lynchings have routinely been attributed to them.

Some feel that any new legislation to keep tabs on the KKK will be unsuccessful because they operate clandestinely, and it may actually drive the racist groups even further underground. Others wonder how Obama’s measure can possibly prevent future massacres from happening.