Southern Poverty Law Center reveals Nuwaubian “hate group” still active in Macon

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Southern Poverty Law Center reveals Nuwaubian “hate group” still active in Macon

According to Yelp, the

According to Yelp, the "All Eyes on Egipt" bookstore used to stand at 2699 Houston Ave. in Macon. Photo provided by Google Maps.

According to Yelp, the "All Eyes on Egipt" bookstore used to stand at 2699 Houston Ave. in Macon. Photo provided by Google Maps.

According to Yelp, the "All Eyes on Egipt" bookstore used to stand at 2699 Houston Ave. in Macon. Photo provided by Google Maps.

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Macon is still home to a religious sect designated a “black nationalist hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to a report the SPLC recently released naming all active hate groups in the United States. This is the fifth year that the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors have been reported in the Macon area.

The SPLC report said All Eyes on Egipt (sic) Bookstore, now closed in its physical location, is one of a chain run by a Brooklyn-based religious group with members around the country.

Some online orders are fulfilled and sent by Nuwaubians from Macon, earning them a spot on the list despite the store closure, according to an SPLC research analyst who spoke to The Cluster on the phone Feb. 28.

The analyst, who could not be named or directly quoted to protect her safety, named the Nuwaubians’ leader in Macon and said she has shown signs of trying to rise in power in the area.

The Nuwaubians first arrived in Middle Georgia in 1993 when founder Dwight York relocated between 100 and 200 followers from Brooklyn to Putnam County, where he purchased 476 acres of land, according to the Oxford American.

There, they constructed a compound of mobile homes, called “Tama-Re,” and decorated it with replicas of ancient Egyptian art. The first All Eyes on Egipt Bookstore opened shortly thereafter in Eatonton, Ga., to support the compound and sell Nuwaubian religious texts, most of which were penned by York.

Although the compound was seized and destroyed in 2004 by the FBI, the research analyst said that the Nuwaubians did not fully disband and are still considered a hate group because they hold prejudiced attitudes towards white people and Jews.

According to a previous SPLC report, the core of Nuwaubianism is a blend of “black supremacist ideas with worship of the Egyptians and their pyramids, a belief in UFOs and various conspiracies.”

The SPLC defines black nationalist or supremacist groups as organizations that advocate for separate institutions, or even states, for African-Americans in response to racism from whites.

For the Nuwaubians, racial division, poverty and pain in black communities boils down to the failure of the white majority — especially the government — to recognize inherent black power and dominance. They believe this power stems from gifts of extraterrestrial origin and is supported by genetic disadvantages in the white race, according to SPLC reports.

Dwight York, better known by his chosen name Dr. Malachi Z. York, initially rose to prominence by claiming to be a god blessed with supernatural powers by an alien race. Originally, he focused on spreading black empowerment and mystical Islam, but he began to pervert the messages into anti-white, anti-Christian sentiments as his audience grew.

York was arrested in 2004 and sentenced to 135 years for child molestation and racketeering, but the SPLC analyst told The Cluster that he still leads the Nuwaubians despite being incarcerated. She estimated there are still thousands throughout the United States who follow him and protest his arrest today.

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