They didn't view themselves as Racist, they thought that they were cleansing the American population from mixing with the black people, who were thought to be unsavoury types at the time. Their actions were deplorable, completely unethical and unquestionably racist. They would target young black people and would make public spectacles of their executions- usually by lynching- and would hurl slurs and racist language towards black people in the street. They would put signs up- No Blacks, no dogs, no Mexicans. They forced the black people to live in ghettos or slum areas and would terrorise them by dressing up in ghostly white robes to remember confederate soldiers and would burn crosses outside their homes, chrches and schools. is that Racist enough for you?