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ADL: White Supremacist Propaganda On The Rise At College Campuses

June 28, 2018 - 3:10 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- White supremacist groups have been spreading propaganda on college campuses across the country, including the Tri-State Area.

The Anti-Defamation League reported that this last school year – from Sept. 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018 – there was a 77 percent spike in white supremacist fliers and other racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic material found at schools in the U.S.

Of the 292 cases reported, 15 came from schools in New York and New Jersey – four of them in New York City.

“College campuses and their communities should be places for learning, growing and the future, not close-minded racism and hate-filled rhetoric from the past,” ADL chief executive officer Jonathan Greenblatt said in a news release. “We’re concerned to see that white supremacists are accelerating their efforts to target schools with propaganda in hopes of recruiting young people to support their bigoted worldview.”

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, the propaganda was spotted at places one might least expect – three Ivy campuses, and NYU in the heart of Greenwich Village.

“White supremacists now feeling more confident to speak up,” said Michael Snow, the assistant director at the Anti-Defamation league of New York and New Jersey.

Since Sept. 1, 2016, ADL has reported a total of 478 propaganda incidents at 287 college campuses in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Identity Evropa, a group that is focused on the preservation of “white American culture,” was responsible for nearly half of those incidents, the ADL said. Another group, Patriot Front, was responsible for 70 more.

Snow said not all the propaganda is outwardly racist.

“They use language and images and memes that at first glance could seem benign, but the materials are designed to direct people to their websites and their social media channels, where they can get more lured into this way of thinking,” he said.

Colleges in Texas and California were targeted in more than a quarter of the cases, the ADL said.

Snow said the increase goes along with the recent rise in other hateful acts the ADL is seeing – not just across the country, but across the world.