Anonymous Plans to Expose 1,000 KKK Members
In commemoration of the Ferguson protests that began last year on November 24th, Anonymous has announced its intentions to publicly identify 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members on the 24th of November. The 24th of November is the day the Grand Jury in St. Louis came back with a decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who many believe wrongfully shot and killed a teenager named Michael Brown earlier in the year. At the time, President Obama told the country, “We need to accept that this decision was the Grand Jury’s to make.”
But Anonymous and perhaps millions of Americans do not agree. They saw the slaying of Michael Brown as one more notch in the belt of a criminal justice system which has systematically murdered young black men for decades with minimal accountability at best. The topic of white privilege and whether or not black Americans are disenfranchised became a subject of national interest.
Anonymous was not universally lauded for its activities during the Ferguson protests. A member of the group willfully doxed the wrong individual in relation to the killing, before the St. Louis police had identified Darren Wilson, and this caused some in-fighting in the group, who had not unilaterally approved the release. The Twitter account of @TheAnonMessage was subsequently deleted, but not before the life-threatening misinformation was spread.
Taking on the Ku Klux Klan
— :deactivated (@KuKluxKlanUSA) November 18, 2014
At the same time, Anonymous made a lot of friends when it took on the Ku Klux Klan. The 100+-year-old group, which can only be described as a white nationalist terrorist organization, publicly
warned protesters that it would use “lethal force” on them. Anonymous did not stand by, but rather hacked several KKK accounts and mocked the “proud to be white” people mercilessly. The main KKK account, @KuKluxKlanUSA, has been controlled by Anonymous for nearly a year now, with Twitter doing nothing in response.
For some, perhaps, it might be interesting that the KKK was allowed to have an “official” Twitter account in the first place. Or that Anonymous are, for that matter. In an era when people are offended by smaller and smaller things, social media companies have responded by increasing their censorship policies and limiting the freedom of expression of participants in new ways.
Anonymous has long said, “we do not forgive, we do not forget.” In the case of the KKK, who’d previously been left alone by the group, for the most part, the group remembers quite well what the KKK said to protesters last year. In a statement released last week, the group made plain its intentions to dox (an act of revealing another personal’s personal information on the internet) as many as 1,000 KKK members, an ultimate irony when you consider that the KKK has long cherished the anonymity of its hoods.
We are not attacking you because of what you believe in as we fight for freedom of speech, we are attacking you because of what you do to our brothers and sisters. […] We’ve gained access to yet another one of your KKK Twitter account. Using the info obtained, we will be revealing about 1000 of your klan member identities. The aim of our operation is nothing more than Cyber Warfare. Anything you upload will be taken down, anything you use to promote the KKK will be shut down.
The KKK has yet to make much of a public response regarding the coming doxing. Perhaps those who know they’re on the list are making preparations for the backlash that might come as a result.
After all, any company employing such individuals will see it as prudent to fire them and save face. Any church to which they belong could see fit to ostracize them. The KKK has not been a popular group for many decades, even in the deep south where this writer lives.
The Anonymous statement closes with a simplistic yet resonating rationale: “You messed with our family, and now we will mess with yours…”
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