You are right about it not being only in the South, Spaw. I remember seeing a newspaper article and photograph of a huge cross burning on the lawn of the local college, courtesy of the local klan in the 1950's, here in Wyoming.
Some people are just ignorant. A father of a good friend of my daughter's told her the other day that it just wasn't right for whites to mix with "niggers." Then he remembered her nephews who are mixed race, apologised all over the place. This is a man who really has a good heart, but has spent his entire life in Wyoming. She's talking to him, sharing pictures, and information, so I am hopeful he will learn to understand and feel differently about it. There is a lot of fear of the unknown and falling back on "that's just the way it's always been."
Great info, phoaks,