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White-supremacist propaganda on college campuses skyrocketed 258 percent in 2017, report says

White-supremacist propaganda on U.S. college campuses has surged, increasing by 258 percent between the fall of 2016 and fall 2017 according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

The ADL tracked reports of white-supremacist propaganda college campuses, including those of fliers, stickers, banners and posters, at 216 schools ranging from Ivy League institutions to community colleges in 44 different states and Washington D.C. While ADL recorded 41 incidents of white-supremacist propaganda in the fall of 2016, there were 147 incidents the following fall, a jump of 258 percent. The total number of such reports in 2017 reached 290. One month into 2018, there have been already been 15 such documented incidents.

The ADL says it believes that the source of this propaganda is primarily alt-right groups, which the League says have been targeting college campuses since the beginning of 2016. According to the ADL, these groups have only increased their efforts since.

“The propaganda delivers a range of messages: it may promote a white supremacist group, or trumpet the urgent need to ‘save’ the white race,” the report says. “Frequently, the propaganda attacks minority groups, including Jews, Blacks, Muslims, non-white immigrants, and the LGBT community.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the organization, said in a statement that “White supremacists are targeting college campuses like never before,” and “They see campuses as a fertile recruiting ground.”

For at least 60 years, college campuses have been at the front, and sometimes the birthplace, of multiple political and social movements, many of them progressive. The extensive participation of college students in the Civil Rights Movement as well as one of the its more integral organizations, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is a perfect example.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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