Knoxville mayor denies membership in Ku Klux Klan

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero insisted in a statement Monday that she is not a member of the Ku Klux Klan after her name appeared in raw data released by the hacker activist group Anonymous, reports the News Sentinel.

Rogero called the accusation that she is a Klan member “false and defamatory” and “irresponsible and slanderous,” and urged her name be removed any lists suggesting her affiliation with the white supremacy organization.

“So, just to be clear, for anyone who doesn’t know me: Don’t be ridiculous,” Rogero wrote on her official Facebook page late in the morning. (Note: The post is HERE.)

“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.”

The data, posted late Sunday by Anonymous, comes from websites affiliated with the KKK.

“Today we have shut down servers, gotten personal information on members of the KKK, and infiltrated your twitters and websites,” Anonymous said in a news release Sunday. “And this is just the beginning. On November the 4th we will be having a twitter storm, spreading awareness about the operation. And on the 5th we shall release more than 1000 Ku Klux Klan members Names and websites, new and old.”