The Southern Poverty Law Center reports the number of hate groups operating in the U.S. rose to 917 in 2016. Fifty-nine of those groups are in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
Hate group activity has been on the rise nationwide since President Donald Trump’s candidacy and election, according to an assessment by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
And the Philadelphia region has not been immune to the growth. Pennsylvania has the fifth largest concentration of hate groups in the U.S., the SPLC said.
The NBC10 Investigators met face-to-face with leaders of accused hate groups to see how the new administration’s policies have changed their membership.
“For many years, there’s a lot of black people who didn’t realize how deep the racism of white America was, but now that Donald Trump is in office, boy, it’s clear now,” said Commanding General Yahanna, who leads the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge.
The ISUPK is labeled as a black separatist organization by the SLPC. Its school is based in Upper Darby, Delaware County and the group holds rallies in Center City Philadelphia.
Yahanna said his group is thriving since Trump’s election, but disagreed with the characterization of being a hate group.
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