Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA – Racist, antisemitic propaganda and white supremacist leaflets were posted in Chestnut Hill sometime between late Friday and early Saturday, according to a local resident.
The resident, who wished to remain anonymous, spotted a sticker that read “88 Crew” at Block 7900 of Germantown Avenue Saturday morning. The number 88 is code for “Heil Hitler” among some white supremacists, where “h” is the eighth letter of the alphabet.
Later, the neighbor who was walking his dog reported seeing more than 20 stickers along Germantown Avenue between West Springfield Avenue and West Hartwell Lane, including on side streets. The messages included “100% white, 100% proud”.
The neighbor removed all the stickers, along with flyers for a white UK supremacist group called the Highland Divisions.
“This will not be tolerated anywhere in the 8th Ward,” said Councilor Cindy Bass, who represents the ward, which includes Chestnut Hill. “I know that the people who live in Chestnut Hill do not share these sentiments and overwhelmingly oppose these types of attempts to infiltrate the community. This is unacceptable and will never be acceptable at Chestnut Hill or anywhere else.”
“The reality is hate in all its forms is normalized,” Andrew Goretsky, the ADL’s regional director, told the Inquirer in a story published last week. “I’ve always said it’s going to normalize. I’m not saying it’s going to normalize anymore.”
Like its Chestnut Hill neighbor, a Port Richmond resident used a carpet cutter to remove about 100 neighborhood stickers.
Wyndmoor, Cheltenham and Laverock in Montgomery County were also hit with antisemitic and racist leaflets.