November 3, 2015

Anonymous wrong on KKK memberships

The group Anonymous clearly has a political agenda that is pretty far left of center. So far left, they can't be bothered to stick to the facts, and even gone so far as attacking some pretty liberal Democrats. They've supposedly outed a number of prominent U.S. politicians who are members of the Klu Klux Klan (aka the KKK). Except there have been a swath of denials.  That's to be expected and Anonymous claim they will release their data.

Obviously they have confidence in their data.  But clearly there are problems with it. Here's one example - the Mayor of Knoxville who happens to be facing an election today. She responded to the list's publication.
I’m not even sure this is worth responding to, but for the record: There is a list circulating online purporting to “out” elected officials as members of the KKK. For reasons unfathomable to me or anyone who knows me, my name is on the list. Given my background, my interracial family, my public record and my personal beliefs, this would be hilarious except that it is probably being seen by a lot of people who have no idea who I am.

So, just to be clear, for anyone who doesn’t know me: Don’t be ridiculous. I began my political career working for the rights of farm workers with Cesar Chavez. I have spent decades working for causes of social justice and equality...
oops.

Now, this is not to say that Democrats can't be racist. The most racist comments about president Obama came from Bill Clinton. And former Senator Robert Byrd was a member of the KKK.  But that's not the point with these unproven allegations.  Here's the problem with Anonymous - they're outing people, likely very erroneously and doing so from behind a mask. They don't want to be outed themselves, and that's hypocritical. So in summary:  probably wrong, and definitely hypocritical.

Anonymous garbage.
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