A Ku Klux Klan group is warning members to be careful on social media following Anonymous’ “unmasking” of various members. Recently, the Traditionalist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan threatened “lethal force” against peaceful African-American protesters speaking out against the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson.
The Klan has responded in a couple different ways: First, by threatening bloggers who documented the “de-hooding.” Tiffany Willis of Liberal America received multiple phone calls from Klansmen, some threatening and others attempting to distance specific Klan groups from the Traditionalist Knights.
“This message is for Tiffany,” an anonymous caller said in one voicemail message. “The Klan is watching you, and we don’t like what we’re seeing, OK? You stop this immediately. We’re a nationwide organization with over 350,000 members nationwide. Please stop this.”
Another caller, the Imperial Wizard of the American White Knights of the KKK reminded Willis that they are a “nonviolent, white Christian” group, and that they are not involved with Ferguson.
Willis reported the incident to her local police station but she tells AATTP that Deputy Dominguez of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department informed hernot much could be done, as the caller took careful measures to not make overt threats. She says she plans to report the incident to the FBI anyway, just to be thorough.
Another response from the Klan comes from a group that openly supports the Traditionalist Knights: The “Free Americans Community” administrator warned members through the site’s forums that Anonymous is exposing them.
Administrator James Pratt warned that Anonymous “has engaged in attempts to shut down out web sites and reveal the identities of members.” Pratt claims that Anonymous is identifying anyone who supports Darren Wilson or “Confederate Pride” as a “Klansman.” He said that the hacktivist collective has “identified mulattoes, hispanics, and negroes” as “Klansmen.
Pratt warned members not to “post your affiliation on social sites,” and that Klan members unaffiliated with the Traditionalist Knights “that will be impacted” by Anonymous’ actions.
Shortly after we discovered this post, the site went down, so it seems Anonymous is doing their job well. Keep at it!