What #OpKKK Means for This Black Millennial

Klan against Blackness

When the Ku Klux Klan said they would use “lethal force” against protestors in Ferguson, a deepened chill coursed through my veins.

I first learned of the KKK in the 3rd grade. During Black History Month, my teacher read through a picture book about the Civil Rights Movement, and on one page, a watercolor picture of white hoods in white faces stared at me. Although only 8-years-old, I remember feeling terrorized. The realization that there were people out there who not only hated me, but was willing to kill me, based solely on my skin color, was (and still is) deeply troubling.

Ever since, the KKK has been ingrained in my racial consciousness. They are inexplicably tied to my identity as a Black woman, and serve as a constant reminder that, in fighting for racial justice, the journey is violent and deadly.

Ever since my introduction to the Klan in the 3rd grade, I’ve tried to keep their existence at a distance. I tried to tell myself that they’re an obsolete organization; a fixture within a historical framework, without nearly as much clout or political power in the 21st century.

To some extent, I’m correct. Although there’s no centralized membership database, their numbers have plummeted, as have their reach within socio-political circles due to their public maligning.

And yet, given the whitewashing of racial history, there’s an overwhelmingly erroneous belief that they no long walk, gather, or mobilize among us.

Anonymous reminded us that this is not true.

This weekend, members of the premier hacktivist collective launched Operation KKK. With hashtags #OpKKK and #HoodsOff, Anonymous hacked into KKK digital networks, and revealed the identities of Klansman primarily in the St. Louis-area.

The results are jarring. From corrections officers, law enforcement, and educators, #OpKKK showed just how entrenched the Invisible Empire is in polite society.

Dawn Goddard

Justin Tina King

Daniel E. Zimmerman

But nothing compares to when Anonymous took control of the Klan’s Twitter account.

The unveiling of one of the most dangerous elements of society is a direct action I’m sincerely thankful for. The notorious hooded symbol is one that evokes fear and terror in the hearts of many. This is where the Klan’s root of power stems from. And without it, they are nothing.

photo 1Arielle Newton, Editor-in-Chief. Get at me @arielle_newton. Get at us @BlkMillennials

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3 responses to “What #OpKKK Means for This Black Millennial

  1. Reblogged this on 3coloredgirls and commented:
    I have to re-blog this for so many reasons:

    In school I remember learning about the KKK during Black history month and feeling that same fear. That omnipresent fear. That all though they violated our ancestors in the past they just disappeared today. I have relatives two relatives who’ve had violent interactions with KKK and lived to tell the tale. But the point is we were educated about them. This a value point because it brings up how the education system is flawed.

    Oh wait! It was set up correctly. Because it is run by these people. And what do we know about our society? That our society is founded on racism. All our institutions education, churches, law enforcement, government, and even the medical field are designed as a disability to those of African origin and ancestry. Our education system was made to make US inferior to them. Why on Black History Month when we are to be celebrated our rich heritage are we learning about the KKK? To make sure we have a constant oppressor. So we constantly feel inferior to whites. Taught of the kings and queens of Europe. Taught of the Renaissance Period yet not taught that the Moors brought Europe out of the Dark Ages. We INVENTED the concept of months. [Coptic Calender-Something we should be taught and teaching] Yet we have one month. And in that month we are only taught of slavery. And whites children are reminded of their “glories” or “victories.” Raising a nation of blacks with inferiority complexes.

    On another note, I’m proud of the results of Operation KKK. Whoever these hackers are you have my gratitude and thanks.

    – rai_tafari

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  2. I grew up with white supremacists in the neighborhood. Here’s what they hate:

    1.They hate you if you are African American. They view of African Americans as inferior and a threat to white survival.

    2. If you are white and have any other ancestry. They will judge you by your facial features, hair and if they spot anything that remotely reminds them of Jewish, Arab or African American, you will be judged. Even if you have white skin.

    3. They hate “race traitors” sometimes even professing to hating them more than African Americans. A race traitor is any white person that doesn’t hate black people.

    4. They hate Jews. They also hate Arabs.

    5. If you are mixed, you are hated. Especially if you are an “oreo”

    Underneath it all, Most supremacists of any shade have many things in common. They all hate, all are paranoid and delusional.
    They fear their “race” being wiped out through mixing.

    When you try to reason with a white supremacist that is psycho and deranged, the outcome isn’t stop hating but come up with new plans to keep the hatred going.

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