ADL: White Supremacists Recruiting More on Campuses
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 10:57
"White supremacists, emboldened by the 2016 elections and the current political climate, are now engaged in an unprecedented outreach effort to attract and recruit students on American college campuses", according to a press release from the Anti-Defamation League, a group focused on fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of hate. Of these incidents, 65 have taken place in 2017.
A recent example of this, reported by local paper My San Antonio, occurred on Friday at Texas State University, where school officials removed, for the fourth time since November, a flier saying, "White man, are you sick and exhausted of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneracy?" - flanked by swastikas.
Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said three white-supremacist groups appear to be at work in Washington: Identity Evropa and Atomwaffen at the University of Washington and American Vanguard at Washington State University.
While some incidents have been proven false or staged, posters and fliers for the anti-Semitic, white supremacist organization American Vanguard have been reported on multiple campuses.
The site explains how the group works to build trust with students on different ends of the political spectrum, and noted in October that the group had put up fliers and stickers at more than two dozen colleges across the country. Colleges and universities have continued to experience such hacking this year. "Remember: There are far, far more of us than there are of them".
For example, Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group run by a man named Nathan Damigo, has been particularly active - launching a campaign called "Project Siege" and posting regular outreach updates on Twitter. But the university said that, as a public institution, A&M was required by the First Amendment not to make decisions on potential events based on the views of those seeking to speak. But Segal said he sees a ray of hope amid the fear. One of the recruitment efforts occurred on Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus in mid-February, according to the report. "At the same time, students have easy access to alternate sources of news and information that refutes the nonsense they hear every day in class. Students are therefore perfectly primed for a push towards racial consciousness".
The ADL says until recently, white supremacist activity has been relatively infrequent on college campuses.