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Catalog of state hate groups


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Wiesner said his message isn't one of hate, rather it's about sharing "the truth."

"We don't hate, we love them enough to share the truth in love. It's not hateful to tell the truth," he said. "No matter how well-meaning a person is, those who say they are so-called 'allies,' they are not real allies if it's not based in truth."

The Nation of Islam, with chapters in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Benton Harbor, is designated by the SPLC as a Black Separatist hate group. Founded in 1930, the Nation of Islam is one the best known organized hate groups in black America, and subscribes to a theology of innate black superiority over whites and racist, anti-Semitic, anti-gay rhetoric, the SPLC said.

The Nation of Islam teaches that intermarriage or race mixing should be prohibited, a point specifically made on its official platform, published in 1965. The SPLC said the groups's leader, Louis Farrakhan, has been willing to tie himself to authoritarian and violent repressive foreign leaders for the sake of furthering black and Islamic administrators worldwide.

In general, the SPLC states that black separatists oppose integration and racial intermarriage, and desire separate institutions, or in some cases a separate nation, for blacks. While some forms of black separatism are strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic, not all are. Others are religious versions that assert that blacks are the "chosen people" of God.

The Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge (ISUPK) is headquartered in Darby, Pennsylvania, with a local chapter in Detroit. The group holds the belief that American blacks are descendants of the 12 Tribes of Israel, along with Hispanics and Native Americans. The SPLC categories the ISUPK as a black separatist hate group.

Captain Labon Yahawabah, with the Detroit chapter of the ISUPK, said the SPLC's designation as a hate group is about trying to silence the group's speech.

"Our message to black people is that it's time to wake up out of stupor," he said. "The message from (Martin Luther King, Jr.) was that if we just love, we would receive that back. We express that on how we support other nations, but we receive no love back."

Yahawabah said the ISUPK urges blacks to support blacks on philosophical and economic levels. He said supporting black-owned businesses in a majority-black city is one example of separation. Blacks also need to separate their religion from traditional Christian beliefs, which means separating black holidays from traditional American holidays, he said.

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