The hacktivist group called “Anonymous” has been combative with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) since last year when a black teenager named Mike Brown was gunned down and shot by white police officer, Darren Wilson.
Although Brown was unarmed at the time he was shot and killed by the officer, the grand jury did not indict Wilson which led to a widespread protest in Ferguson, Missouri. While protesting in the support of the slain teenager Anonymous clashed with the local members of the KKK – Traditionalist America Knights of Ku Klux Klan (TAKKKK).
TAKKKK threatened members of Anonymous at the time of the protest last year. Anonymous has alleged that the local police force has ties with the KKK and it was the reason why the black teenager was killed by a white cop and took action against the Klan in November last year, after members of the group threatened violence against peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
Last week the hacktivist group vowed to reveal the identities of up to 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan this upcoming Thursday, November 5th, which will mark the one-year anniversary of the incident.
On Monday, Anonymous followed through and began the reveal when it published its first batch of information: an (unverified) list of 57 phone numbers and 23 email addresses allegedly belonging to KKK members. Multiple skeptical Twitter commenters questioned the accuracy of the information shortly after its release, reporting that many of the numbers belong to businesses with no clear link to the Klan.
The identities of several politicians made this list and face allegations of being in affiliation with the KKK. North Carolina Senator, Tom Tillis is listed as a member of the United Northern and Southern Knights of the KKK in Thorton and has yet to deny the allegations that he is affiliated with the KKK. Texas Senator, John Cornyn is alleged to be affiliated with the United White Knights of the KKK and like Tillis, has not yet denied the allegations.
Other politicians Anonymous has claimed to be in affiliation with the Klan however, have broken their silence and fought back on social media. Indiana Senator, Dan Coats for example, denied the allegations on Twitter.
For those who are asking – I have never had any affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan and deplore all forms of racial discrimination
— Senator Dan Coats (@SenDanCoats) November 2, 2015
Listed member of the Original Knight Riders of the KKK, Johnny Isakson‘s press secretary stated firmly in an email that the claims about Isakson are completely false.
Mayor Tom Henry of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, Tennessee, and Mayor Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, Tennessee also deny their involvement with the KKK and their denials on social media can be seen here.