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Hundred of Antisemitic Stickers Plastered Around Philadelphia Area Town

A spate of stickers promoting white supremacist & neo-nazi organizations popped up in Port Richmond, seemingly over the weekend. Their numbers are quickly dwindling as residents pull them down.

White Lives Matter Pennsylvania — one of the groups featured in the stickers — shared a video Monday on its public Telegram channel showing people pasting the messaging on street poles, bollards, Parks & Rec signs, and other surfaces. 

In the caption, the group claims to be sending a “message of hope and defiance” to the “Delaware Valley,” describing it as necessary work to create “solidarity” among white people.

A post on reddit calling out the Port Richmond stickering garnered over 400 comments and sparked a discussion on racism and white supremacist views in the neighborhood. Matt, who posted the photos, came across the stickers while walking his dog on Monday morning. 

“I think the neighbors have shown that they’re not really standing for this, for the most part,” Matt told Billy Penn Tuesday afternoon. “But it doesn’t mean that the people that put them up aren’t still talking behind closed doors and doing whatever the hell they do.”

One of the stickers in the photo he posted to Reddit bore the slogan, “Anti-racist is code for anti-white.” Another pledged solidarity with Kanye West’s recent antisemitic comments.

Matt, who asked to keep his last name private, said he took around 100 stickers down himself on Monday, though he couldn’t nab all of the hundreds more he saw. 

“I did about two miles of the area, up and down Richmond Street and up and down Edgemont Street,” Matt said. He’d planned to do more, but when he stepped outside today, he saw his neighbors had chipped in. 

“A lot of street poles were either clean — and cleaner than I got them off — or people put stickers over top of them,” said Matt. 

An officer in the 24th Police District, which covers the neighborhood, said there haven’t been any calls from residents about the stickers. 

A recently released “activist manual” from White Lives Matter describes stickering as an efficient tactic for small decentralized networks seeking to share media widely. The manual notes that the postings are primarily meant to shepherd attention to their Telegram channel, where interested observers can find ways to participate in white supremacist actions and meetings. 

Coordinated propaganda sharing, like what was seen in Port Richmond this week, can also be a precursor to further action, experts say.

Source: https://billypenn.com/2023/03/21/white-supremacist-stickers-philadelphia-port-richmond/