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“Anonymous” gives a clue to who’s in the Klan

By Isaac Smith - The Stylus
On November 11, 2015

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The hacktivist group “Anonymous” has given the names of 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members. There are questions over whether this kind of information is helpful or necessary. Such extreme groups handle rights in a controversial manner.

There isn’t another more well-known racial hate  group in America than the infamous Ku Klux Klan. But who is in the KKK really?

As Americans, we only know of the group and some of their history, which we were taught in school. 

The KKK is an organization founded in 1866, with the goal of dismantling the Republican Party and their reconstruction-era policies. 

Today, the organization focuses on denouncing immigrants, blacks, people of Jewish decent and even organized labor; the KKK uses the anonymity of the Internet to spread their hate, and push their outrageous agenda. 

My grandmother has always said, people will get what is coming to them and the world has a mysterious way of working; she is right.

The notorious hacktavist group “Anonymous” has decided to take on the KKK, releasing the personal information of at least 1,000 members on the same day as the previous year.

America has recently been in turmoil over the countless acts of police brutality, one case in particular being the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri. 

The actions of Officer Darren Wilson sparked a number of protests in Ferguson, which eventually led to intense riots that ravaged the city for several days. 

In response the KKK handed out flyers claiming they would use lethal force to combat the “terrorists,” meaning the protestors, and their actions.

In response “Anonymous” posted the information of countless KKK members. Now this is their plan. 

According to the video posted on the YouTube channel by rawle95, “Anonymous #OPKKK,” “originally, we [Anonymous] did not attack you for your beliefs as we fight for freedom of speech. We attacked you due to your threats to use lethal force in the Ferguson protests.”

The video goes on to say “You [KKK] are more than a hate group. You operate much more like terrorists and you should be recognized as such.”

Operation KKK, as “Anonymous” has decided to call it, is intended to “spark a bit of constructive dialogue about race, racism, racial terror and freedom of expression, across group lines” according to the introduction of their document including the identities of 1,000 members. 

Although the KKK is a group of racist bigots intent on the destruction of groups historically prejudiced against, was it right for “Anonymous” to do what they did? 

The KKK is a group who think its backwards views are right, but its members are still citizens of the United States; therefore the members of the KKK have privacy rights. 

Although they have rights, the KKK also has extreme views and some of their actions can be considered acts of terrorism. 

One thing that is certain, “Anonymous” hacking does expose a lot of extremists who deserve to be put in the spotlight and ridiculed for their beliefs. Another consequence of the hacking is it could stop Klan interaction as well as others from joining the KKK’s ranks. 

While I do not have a problem with the releasing of the members information, I do have a problem with what “Anonymous” actions haven’t done. 

The hacktavist group has failed to change anything. 

This leaked info doesn’t do anything to help fight the group and their thoughts. In fact, it could do the opposite; the KKK are known to be extreme and this act could only anger them and cause them to take action.

The actions of Anonymous could led the KKK to harm others who are innocent, people with friends and families to care for, people who do not deserve it. 

The leak of information only exposes the backwards mindset of the KKK. It does not try and change the way those people think.

The only way to combat the rampant racism this country and the world has faced, since the beginning of time, is to reach out; you have to show these people the error in their ways. 

It isn’t too late to prevent the next generation from following in their parents’ footsteps. 

The ideas of the KKK are despicable and “Anonymous” has taken steps to stop them from spreading the hate, but as citizens it is our duty to stand up and fight for what is right.  

  

ismit2@u.brockport.edu

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