March 15, 2020
In March, a new report came out from the Anti-Defamation League revealing that white supremacist propaganda had doubled last year in the United States, with a total of 2,713 cases reported in 2019. This was the highest number of incidents the ADL had ever recorded.
The report only focused on physical propaganda, which included pieces of literature, stickers, banners and other items placed in public spaces. Online propaganda was not recorded. Amy Iandiorio, one of the ADL’s investigative researchers, said: “Online propaganda is its own beast. …They have different levels of success and exposure than what we track in the public sphere.”
Almost 90 percent of the year’s white supremacist propaganda activity was carried out by only three organizations: Patriot Front, American Identity Movement and New Jersey European Heritage Association. Of those groups, 66 percent of all the incidents were attributed to Patriot Front, a Texas-based group.
White supremacy was also shown to be a bigger problem at college campuses; about 630 incidents were reported on college campuses, which is almost double the reported number in 2018. Every state except Hawaii reported at least one incident.
Iandiorio said it’s important for people to be vigilant when it comes to hate in their communities, and to report any instances of white supremacist propaganda to the ADL: “There are groups across the country dedicated to fighting hate.”