NEW YORK — White supremacist groups throughout the US tried to spread their propaganda at a record-setting charge last yr, an increasing number of choosing targets previous college campuses, a Jewish civil rights group talked about Tuesday.
The Anti-Defamation League counted a 182 p.c enhance in propaganda incidents by white supremacists, from 421 such circumstances in 2017 to 1,187 in 2018.
College campuses remained a essential aim for hateful flyers, nonetheless the New York-based ADL talked about the number of off-campus propaganda incidents soared from 129 in 2017 to 868 last yr. The ADL says two white supremacist groups accounted for 636 of those incidents.
“The propaganda, which includes everything from veiled white supremacist language to explicitly racist images and words, often features a recruitment element, and frequently targets minority groups, including Jews, Blacks, Muslims, non-white immigrants and the LGBTQ community,” the ADL’s report says.
The ADL found a modest enhance in propaganda train on campuses, with 319 incidents at 212 schools and universities, up from 292 campus incidents in 2017.
The group moreover counted 91 rallies or completely different public events attended by white supremacists in 2018, up from 76 in 2017.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the group’s CEO and nationwide director, talked about posting flyers is a “tried-and-true tactic” for hate groups.
“Hate groups were emboldened in 2018, but their increasing reliance on hate leafleting indicates that most of their members understand this is a fringe activity and are unwilling to risk greater public exposure or arrest,” Greenblatt talked about in an announcement.