Mayors Jim Gray, Madeline Rogero Deny KKK Ties On Twitter, Facebook: Call KKK List 'Ridiculous'

Paula Mooney

The list of supposed KKK members, or those that Anonymous says are the names of folks with close ties to KKK associations, is certainly causing buzz online on Monday, November 2. The list of alleged KKK members posted to Pastebin caused plenty of concern, because it includes the names of U.S. Senators and mayors on the list, along with their phone numbers, and claims that they have ties to different KKK organizations.

"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. As Mayor, I have pushed for diversity in our workforce and outreach to and inclusion of people of all backgrounds in our community. In concert with President Obama's My Brother's Keeper program, I began the Save Our Sons initiative to increase opportunities and reduce violence-related deaths among boys and young men of color. I have advocated publicly for LGBT civil rights, and I was the only mayor in Tennessee to sign onto the mayors' amicus brief for the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court's marriage equality case. In short, I don't think the KKK would want anything to do with me."