BANGOR, Pa. – A Northampton County borough is investigating hate speech supplies discovered all through the realm. The supplies blame the Jewish neighborhood for COVID-19 and accuse the Black Lives Matter motion of murdering white kids.
This comes on the heels of a nationwide report exhibiting Pennsylvania leads the nation in white supremacy propaganda.
Bangor Borough Police Chief Scott Felchock says the hate-filled propaganda has been discovered within the borough and surrounding townships over the previous a number of days.
“What does this say to you?”
“That there’s somebody on the market or a gaggle of individuals attempting to unfold a message,” he responded.
Felchock says there’s been a dozen experiences of the messages wrapped in plastic being tossed onto driveways however believes the precise quantity is way larger.
“We’re seeing this everywhere in the state,” stated Andrew Goretsky of the Anti-Defamation League.
He factors to a 2021 examine exhibiting Pennsylvania leads the nation in hateful propaganda about white supremacy. At 473 reported incidents, it is almost 100 larger than the subsequent state of Virginia.
Many might be present in and across the Lehigh Valley, however that is the primary reported in Bangor at the very least since 2020.
“At the beginning, it is usually used as a recruitment instrument,” Goretsky stated.
Goretsky says a Texas-based group with massive Pennsylvania chapters is answerable for 90% of hate crammed propaganda and has a quota for every member to distribute.
“It is actually essential that we name it out after we see it. That approach we will push it out of the mainstream and again into the fringes,” he added.
As for Chief Felchock and Bangor he says if you happen to do discover it you’ll be able to throw it away.
“It is extra essential to report it so we all know the place these incidents are occurring,” he added.
We did converse to somebody who discovered it of their yard, and so they stated they had been shocked however did not need to go on digicam as some feared for his or her security.
Many might imagine merely passing the messages round is a hate crime however except the fabric is hooked up to against the law, police say it is merely litter, irrespective of how offensive it could be.