A Black man in Philadelphia said he is “not intimidated” after he found a business card referencing the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) on his car.
Malik Upshur, 40, discovered the card for The Knights Party, which is the White Supremacist’s organization in Arkansas, on his windshield last week and told the Philadelphia Tribune that “it’s just something I never thought I’d experience.”
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, NAACP Phildelphia Chapter President Rodney Muhammad and the city’s Commission on Human Relations Executive Director Rue Landau stood with Upshur on Thursday to condemn what they called a hateful act.
“For me, it was totally upsetting and disgusting to discover that there are hate groups in this particular beautiful neighborhood. … This will not be tolerated,” said Johnson.
Muhammad said that these racist incidents are meant to be normalized, but that people “will raise up to come out to speak against it.”
According to Upshur, the KKK used the card as a recruiting tool and it featured its slogan “For Our People and Heritage,” and read
“Western Christian civilization is under attack,” and read “White People are a World Wide minority and there are programs of Genocide against white children.”
Landau said that it’s difficult to find the person who placed the card on Upshur’s vehicle, “but it does not mean there’s not pain that happens to the victim as well as a ripple effect that happens to the entire community.” Adding, that “acts of hate and bias send fear throughout communities.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.