Pa. hate group activity has increased over past few years

Written by on January 28, 2021

 Pa. hate group activity has increased over past few years

By Ben Stemrich

January 28, 2021

The U.S. continues to warn of a heightened risk of domestic terrorism since the inauguration. White supremacists were among those involved in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the Anti-Defamation League says Pennsylvania is a hotbed for these extremist groups.

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Shira Goodman, who represents the Anti-Defamation League, says there has been an increase in hate group propaganda.

“It’s also concerning that people are somehow normalizing this as something not to be ashamed of, and it is something that we should be ashamed of in his becoming more normalized and is becoming a burden on education and coalition work to say this isn’t OK,” Goodman says. 

“The “Patriot Front” is one of the most active white supremacist groups in Pennsylvania, Goodman says. 

“The biggest thing that we see here in Pennsylvania is these groups spreading propaganda by flyers or dropping banners in different places, and we literally see hundreds of these incidents that have happened over the last couple of years,” she says. 

Goodman says social media has enabled these groups to spread propaganda. Recently, some platforms like Twitter have cracked down on hate speech.

“There’s been an emboldened climate for people who want to engage in hate and harbor those attitudes and now can actually act on them,” she says, “You know, taking action whether that is rising to criminal conduct, or just being more vocal and active.”

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