Anonymous To Unhood 1,000 Ku Klux Klan Members In Operation KKK
Anonymous, the hacktivist collective that has been operating since 2003, plans to mark the anniversary of the Ferguson protests by unhooding roughly 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Anonymous Unhooding KKK Members
Anonymous announced their plans to name KKK members via the Operation KKK Twitter account, which they launched after KKK Members allegedly threatened to harm those protesting Michael Brown‘s shooting death by police officer Darren Wilson last year in Ferguson, Missouri.
“We’ve gained access to yet another KKK Twitter account,” Anonymous wrote in a tweet last week. “Using the info obtained, we will be revealing about 1000 klan member identities.”
We’ve gained access to yet another KKK Twitter account. Using the info obtained, we will be revealing about 1000 klan member identities.
— Operation KKK (@Operation_KKK) October 22, 2015
In a follow up tweet, the group announced that the names would be revealed in November, about a year since they started Operation KKK.
A few days after sending out the tweets, Anonymous put out a press release to explain their reasoning for unhooding more KKK members.
“After closely observing so many of you for so very long, we feel confident that applying transparency to your organizational cells is the right, just, appropriate and only course of action,” reads the release.
“You made a clear and ever present enemy of Anonymous when you threatened the lives of protesters and the men and women representing Anonymous on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri in November of 2014,” the release continued. “You continue to make threats to anons you believe you have identified, journalists, anyone in the public that speaks out against your behavior. Your threats and intimidation are unprovoked, unwanted and will not be tolerated.”
The group has also posted memes featuring the Guy Fawkes masks they’ve become known for wearing.
— Operation KKK (@Operation_KKK) October 28, 2015
The Ku Klux Klan, believed to be America’s oldest and longest-running hate group, was founded following the American Civil War and was at its height in the 1920s with up to four million members. The group is largely known for its deplorable actions during the Civil Rights Movement. It now has a membership between 5,000 and 8,000.