White supremacist propaganda is more and more coordinated, the ADL says : NPR


The white nationalist group Patriot Entrance attends the March For Life on in Chicago on Jan. 8.

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The white nationalist group Patriot Entrance attends the March For Life on in Chicago on Jan. 8.

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The distribution of white supremacist propaganda across the nation remained excessive final 12 months, with almost 5,000 incidents reported, or a median of 13 per day, the Anti-Defamation League says.

The ADL’s annual report on such incidents famous growing ranges of coordination and mobilization throughout the motion.

“This exercise is extra coordinated than ever earlier than,” says Oren Segal, vice chairman of the ADL’s Heart on Extremism. “It is disturbing that white supremacists and anti-Semites can mobilize supporters shortly to focus on neighborhoods in a number of states.”

Though barely decrease than the 5,125 occasions reported in 2020, final 12 months’s quantity was nonetheless nearly double the variety of related incidents reported in 2019.

The ADL documented 4,851 cases throughout 2021 during which racist, antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ fliers, stickers, posters, banners and stenciled graffiti had been distributed in america. It was the second-highest stage for the reason that group started monitoring such knowledge in 2017.

Hateful propaganda appeared in each state aside from Hawaii, with the very best ranges of exercise reported in Pennsylvania (473), Virginia (375) and Texas (327), the ADL stated.

Texas is the house of Patriot Entrance, the group chargeable for the overwhelming majority of propaganda distribution at greater than 82% of the nationwide complete. Patriot Entrance can be chargeable for holding two of the most important white supremacist occasions in 2021, together with a July occasion in Philadelphia and a December demonstration on the Nationwide Mall in Washington, D.C.

“White supremacists extra often are resorting to hate propaganda as a tactic to unfold their noxious concepts and recruit new membership,” says ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

The annual report comes amid a surge in antisemitic hate fliers this 12 months, with a minimum of 15 states focused in January and February. Authorities had been investigating the distribution of antisemitic and racist flyers in Colleyville, Texas, the place a gunman took worshippers hostage at a synagogue in January.

Some examples of hate speech highlighted within the ADL report are cases the place banners had been draped over freeway overpasses and different excessive visibility places. It additionally mentions fliers blaming Jews for the unfold of COVID-19 and stickers proclaiming “Hitler was proper,” which had been hooked up to a menorah outdoors a California synagogue in October.

“That is an alarming pattern that must be checked, now,” Greenblatt says.

The report additionally notes a steep decline of incidents of white supremacist propaganda distribution on faculty campuses, doubtlessly because of the pandemic.


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