The Anti-Defamation League recently released a report that showed a marked increase in propaganda materials being spread on college campuses by white supremacist groups. In fact, 292 incidents were reported in the last academic year which is a 77% increase from the year before.
Racist messages that target Muslims, POC, and the LGBTQ have been found on stickers, banners, fliers, posters, and other printed materials on campuses across the nation. “They’re trying to engage with what they hope are future members of their organization, followers of their ideology,” explains Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League.
In addition to the printed propaganda, the neo-Nazi and Alt-Right groups have hosted rallies at colleges and universities inviting speakers like Richard Spencer. The groups seem to be most active in Texas and California, which Segal attributes to them having a higher concentration of white supremacists and more active groups.
These white nationalist groups have been more active since Trump’s election, and leaders of the various groups have even spoken out about the encouragement Trump provides. Reports of increased activity have surfaced including incidents like racist fliers being posted outside an African-American studies program at the University of SC to the anti-immigrant fliers posted around a Texas campus with the quote “you will not replace us” in large font.
The report indicates that Trump and his rhetoric has emboldened the racists of America to come out in the open and actively attempt to swell their ranks.