Campuses see sharp rise in white supremacist propaganda

Protestors shout at White Nationalist Richard Spencer during a speech at the University of Florida. Texas and California were the most frequently targeted states by far-right members. Photo: Chris O'Meara / Associated Press 2017

Photo: Chris O’Meara / Associated Press 2017

White supremacist groups are increasingly using propaganda like flyers and posters to spread bigoted messages on college campuses, a new report by the Anti-Defamation League found.

In the past academic year, 292 such incidents were reported — a 77 percent increase from the previous year, according to the report, which was released Thursday. The stickers, banners and other physical materials included racist and anti-Semitic messages and often targeted Muslims, nonwhite immigrants and LGBT people.

Spreading propaganda across college campuses has become a popular tactic for white supremacist groups in recent years, said Oren Segal, director of the ADL’s Center on Extremism.

“They’re trying to engage with what they hope are future members of their organizations, followers of their ideology,” he said.

Source: Campuses see sharp rise in white supremacist propaganda – SFGate

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