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Kresta in the Afternoon – August 2, 2021 – Hour 2

Todd Tucker tells the story of when Notre Dame’s “real” Fighting Irish defeated the KKK.


The “Real” Fighting Irish: Notre Dame Students take on the Klan

Several professional sports teams are rethinking their mascots, which are said to be racially offensive. Some say it’s time for Notre Dame to do the same – the Fighting Irish represent a harmful stereotype of violent, drunken immigrants. The origins of the name are up for debate, but one theory is especially compelling. It’s an incredible story of Catholic students rising up to combat the KKK. Todd Tucker joins us.

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The Day Notre Dame Students Pummeled the Ku Klux Klan

A Clash Over Catholicism

Todd Tucker is the author of seven books, including Notre Dame Vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan. He’s a veteran of the United States submarine force and a Notre Dame graduate. Follow him on Twitter @toddatucker

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