I don’t know about you, but even in my most defiant, unapologetic blackness, there is still one group of people I dare not mess with: white people wearing masks. Specifically, clown masks.
I’m not talking about old-bedsheet-wearing, Casper the Friendly Ghost clowns like the Ku Klux Klan. I’m talking about scary people like Pennywise from the movie It, or the creepy Burger King guy. Even Ronald McDonald. And especially those Anonymous dudes in the Guy Fawkes masks—or, as my niece calls them, “the evil-mustache clowns.” (She’s American. She doesn’t know about Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot or the movie V for Vendetta.) They are frightening and they don’t play.
The hacktivists of the loose collective of people-you-don’t-wanna-fuck-with at Anonymous took down more than a dozen hate websites early Wednesday morning in a coordinated effort to punish racist groups around the world.
A Twitter account under the name of AnonyInfo took credit for the attack, explaining that the effort was in retaliation for the Charlottesville, Va., Unite the Right rally, as well as the failed “White Lives Matter” rallies in Tennessee, according to a report by the International Business Times.
The ongoing effort targeted more than a dozen sites, like AltRightTV.com, VanguardAmerica.online, AmericanNaziParty.com and these:
“We’ve had plenty of anons contribute to the operation worldwide knowing this is a U.S.-based operation,” said one of the Anonymous hackers. “The fight against fascism is global, so we may consider expanding our operation to work with Anonymous groups in their own countries.”
The group said that this effort is to reduce terrorism by white supremacist organizations and to stop the efforts to mainstream racism.
And the mask thing? That’s just a thing they do that’s inspired by a movie.
And to scare me.
Read more at the International Business Times.