“Remember, Remember! The fifth of November…” – Anonymous (1606)
For the past 4 centuries, ‘Anonymous’ has commanded that we recognize the fifth of November to exonerate the execution of British Revolutionary Guy Fawkes. ‘Anonymous,’ ironically, is one of the most popular radical activist groups in the world. Notorious for involving themselves in political, economic, and social schemas, the modern-day Robin Hoods work to purport justice for disenfranchised communities throughout the US and Europe.
Almost 400 unrecognized November 5ths later, the vigilante activist group has decided to take matters into their own hands. In response to the KKK’s threats to Protestors in Ferguson, MO last year, Anonymous unexpectedly released the names, emails, and telephone numbers of more than 1,000 (yes, ONE THOUSAND) Ku Klux Klan members in a Beyoncé-like fashion on the fifth of November – and we won’t forget it. The notorious unleashing of this “illicit” info was successfully propagated throughout every social media platform in existence within a matter of hours-, which is surprising considering it didn’t involve a Kardashian. As I voraciously tore through the list, expecting to see an abundance of Billy Ray’ and Reba Lynn’s, I quickly realized how this particular group of Klansmen stood out from the rest; ‘Anonymous’ had included the names of several prominent political figures. The list of white supremacists Republicans mentioned on the document-dumping site Pastebin, mentions several U.S. Senators and Mayors of major cities: Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Majority Whip/Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Dan Coats (R-In), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R- Ga.), as well as Mayors Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, Tennessee; Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky; Paul D. Fraim of Norfolk, Virginia; Kent Guinn of Ocala, Florida; and Tom Henry of Fort Wayne Indiana. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) has been recognized and criticized in the past for his extreme, far-right policies (voter ID laws, public education cuts, abortion restrictions) while Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) is considered to be one of the most powerful leaders within the United States Senate.
Many of the members involved in the list vehemently took to their twitter pages in order to dispel the claims made by the @OperationKKK twitter account. Mayor Madeline “But my Best Friend’s Black!” Rogero of Knoxville, Tennessee quickly denied the accusations whilst claiming the situation would be “hilarious” if under different circumstances. The humor was lost on me. As some of the politicians mentioned did not comment on the information-dump, those who did lethargically apologized-via twitter, how personal-as a means to absolve their “alleged” mistakes and sins. Anonymous, however, has explicitly stated on their website that they refuse to forgive and forget. “If you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek…together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot… Ku Klux Klan, expect us.”