‘Don’t be ridiculous,’ Knoxville mayor responds to KKK accusations

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero- Courtesy of WATE

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A group called Anonymous has released a list of elected officials that are supposedly members of the KKK. The list names Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

Rogero said she does not have any connection to the KKK. She said it would be laughable, given her background, interracial family, public record and personal beliefs, except that a lot of people have no idea who she is.

“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.”

The Knoxville Mayor said she strongly requests anyone associated with the creation and dissemination of false and defamatory accusation to retract it immediately. She said the list is “irresponsible and slanderous,” although she did admit the group used a flattering picture of her, dated from 12 years ago.

The “hacktivist” group Anonymous threatened to expose 1,000 United States politicians that have ties to the KKK. Monday morning, the group released a video with a partial list of supposed names. However, the group does not reveal their source for the alleged list of names.

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