When Frank Ancona, Imperial Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said Anonymous will “have to come out into the streets” if they want to “come after” the Klan, it is unlikely that the hooded, bed sheet-garbed Scooby Doo villain look-a-like expected them to actually do so.
Recently, Anonymous has waged war on the Ku Klux Klan following threats that the KKK will use “lethal force” against Ferguson protesters and anyone associated with Anonymous. In response, not only did the hackers remove the hoods from Klan members, but they also took over the KKK’s official Twitter account.
The attacks on Klan “properties” around the web have created an atmosphere of fear. One group affiliated with the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK warned members to keep their affiliations off social media to avoid being exposed. Other Klan groups have elected to forego the web altogether:
In what Anonymous calls its “final direct message to the Ku Klux Klan,” the hacktivists announced that they intend to do exactly that.
The group said that “it is time that we as a family make a stand together — to project our message across the globe — and we have done exactly this. Now, we fast forward from all that has happened in Ferguson and our protests against St. Louis police station and we get to our real point of this message…”
“KKK has stepped in and threatened the protesters with the use of “lethal force” and we simply will not allow it. Therefore, #OpKKK has been launched and like many of the Anonymous operations, it has been launched to promote world peace and in this case, stop racism and violence,” the message continued. “So, here’s what we plan on doing…”
From the sound of things, the 6th of December will be a day to remember. On that day, Anonymous is asking members and supporters, as well as Ferguson protesters, to come together in Ferguson. The hacktivists say that this day will be remembered as “the day when people of the world came together to stop racism and violence.” The protest will begin, according to the announcement, at 3 p.m.
“Frank Ancona, you told us that your ‘klan’ is ‘not internet-based’ and that ‘If they want to come after us, they have to come out into the streets’.”
Well, Frank, be careful what you wish for. They are coming, and they are coming for you — and they have promised to run you out of the state.