When I heard this weekend that Anonymous was outing KKK members, I was intrigued. When I learned that it was in response to their threats against protesters in Ferguson, I was overjoyed.
We’re still awaiting word from the Grand Jury that’s deciding whether or not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Mike Brown in Ferguson over three months ago now. Ferguson’s local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan (seriously – known as the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan) has been distributing flyers threatening violence toward the “peaceful protesters” (yes, they put peaceful protesters in quotation marks) in Ferguson.
To disarm them, Anonymous decided to dis-hood them! Yes, Anonymous is outing the formerly hooded Klan members – not only in St. Louis County, but around the country, using the Twitter hashtags #OpKKK and #HoodsOff. They also infiltrated and shut down numerous websites associated with the klan, including the one mentioned in the flyer above.
Of course Anonymous has come under attack too. YouTube took down the video explaining the #HoodsOff action – but anonymous simply re-posted it. I’m posting it here locally instead of just embedding the YouTube link, so it should stay up.