The hacking collective Anonymous has released phone numbers and emails of people it claims are associated with the Ku Klux Klan. According to a blog post from the group, the recent doxing is a preview of a larger list of 1,000 alleged Klan members that will be released on November 5th.
“We are not oppressing you, Ku Klux Klan. We are not here to strip you of your Freedom of Speech. Anonymous will never strip you of any of your Constitutional rights,” the group said in the post. “With that said, we are stripping you of your anonymity.”
The information provided was in the form of three lists posted on Pastebin. The lists did not contain any names, and offered no proof of that the owners of the numbers and emails are affiliated with the Klan.
A fourth list posted to Pastbin by a well-known hacker who goes by the handle Sgtbilko420 listed several prominent American politicians, including mayors and members of the U.S. Senate, who are supposedly “associated” with the Klan. But at the present time, the list can be easily dismissed since it offers no proof connecting the politicians to any Klan-affiliated groups. Also, the list of politicians did not appear to be endorsed by Anonymous.
Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, was included on the list, but quickly rejected the accusations via his Twitter account.
I am opposed to everything the KKK stands for. I have no idea where this information came from, but wherever it came from, it is wrong.— Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) November 2, 2015
Anonymous began sparring with Klan-affiliated groups last year during the Michael Brown protests in Ferguson, Missouri. And while bringing down the Klan is a noble goal, its worth noting that most of the heavy lifting has already been done by the federal government. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Since the 1970s the Klan has been greatly weakened by internal conflicts, court cases, a seemingly endless series of splits and government infiltration. While some factions have preserved an openly racist and militant approach, others have tried to enter the mainstream, cloaking their racism as mere “civil rights for whites.” Today, the Center estimates that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members, split among dozens of different - and often warring - organizations that use the Klan name.
In other words, the Klan is already a fractured, unorganized joke.