There is a rumor going around, stoked by conservative media outlets
, that a national "Day of Rage" is planned this evening in thirty-seven American cities, including Durham, in response to the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. NC Team Trump
, for example, is all ginned up about this story, because it seems like an excuse to call the Black Lives Matter movement a terrorist organization.
There is a seed of truth here. An internet group (or person, or something) called TheAnonMessage recently posted this call-to-action video
to YouTube, announcing a "Day of Rage" on July 15. It has been viewed many times since.
The media outlets that picked up this story originally failed to distinguish
between TheAnonMessage and Anonymous, the well-known hacktivist collective. The official Anonymous account corrected the record two days ago:
As the rumor-debunking website Snopes
points out, this exact same rumor was floated two years ago, in the aftermath of the events in Ferguson. The list of cities was identical. And no such "Day of Rage" occurred.
"It's virtually impossible to say who specifically began 'Day of Rage' rumors calling for protests across the U.S. in August 2014," the site concludes. "However, no one appeared to actually be organizing or endorsing the actions mentioned in such rumors."
Likewise, we've seen no evidence of any such protest planned for Durham this evening. We will update this post if that changes.