The chameleon hacktivist group Anonymous is supposedly renewing it’s cyber war against the Ku Klux Klan #OpKKK. Here is what you may have missed.

Confrontation arose between the two groups in late 2014 during the social turmoil in Ferguson — when the White Supremacist group threatened physical violence against protesters upset over the police killing of Michael Brown. Anonymous didn’t take the threat lightly and promised retaliation. Until now the gestures have amounted to little
more than taunts and mild displays of force. In 2014, Anonymous launched multiple DDoS attacks and compromised at least two Twitter accounts belonging to the KKK. Their cause has been clearly stated by a member named “Six.”

“We want the KKK gone, forever.”

That sentiment appears set to escalate. So far Anonymous’ initiatives have been downplayed by members like “Anonpanda” as “blowing off steam.” “The KKK is an easy target to pick on, cuz we kinda get the moral high ground.”

Now a new tone has been taken and the hackitivist group says it’s poised to deliver a bigger blow by publicly exposing a list of 1000 KKK members that supposedly includes Senators and Mayors on November 5th (today). However the very integrity of the campaign is off to a rocky start with early leaks being met with denial by those implicated or undermined by verification inconsistencies. There is even media speculation as to the validity of the whistle-blower’s affiliation with Anonymous.

So although initial leaks are shaping up to be a false alarm by a possible imposter, you would be forgiven for taking the bait. The long run-up to this big reveal does involve Anonymous previously leaking details containing personal information of Klansmen to the public, but nothing of this magnitude. So as we wait to see how things shake out with Anonymous and whether or not verified affiliations will be brought to light let’s return to how we got here.

On August 9th 2014, Michael Brown of Ferguson Missouri was fatally shot by police. The death sparked local and then national, even international, outrage over the wrongfulness of the death. Brown’s body was left in the street for hours and the local police force was exceptionally opaque with its investigation and despondent towards the enraged public. Michael Brown was Black. The officer Daren Wilson is White. The incident became a lightning rod for racial tensions across the nation. As more people took to the streets, Federal intervention by way of the National Guard was accompanied by other external groups willing to offer their support to either side of the unrest. One such group was the Ku Klux Klan. The hate group distributed fliers promising violent ramifications for protestors agitating local communities.

During an interview with Chris Hayes of MSNBC, KKK leader of the Missouri chapter Frank Ancona explained that any violence by the Klan would be a matter of defense and defense only. However, with the broader dissent stemming from an issue of lethal force being justified by whimsical claims of self-defense, the threats leveled by the KKK only heightened concerns of increasingly imbalanced armed responses. Anonymous answered in support of the protestors, declaring that any violence on the part of the KKK against the protestors would not go unanswered.

Fast forward to November 2015 and America has been inundated with cases of police brutality and White Supremacy including the mass murdering spree of Dylann Roof. If it turns out Anonymous has uncovered hidden truths of the nation’s KKK membership, their revelation would come at a time when the racial dialogue needs clarity and those who speak their racism exclusively with silence require illumination.

We will update with information as it is released.

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