White Supremacist Propaganda Incidents Jumped 182 Percent in 2018: Study

Morgan Gstalter, The Hill, March 6, 2019

White supremacists increased their propaganda distribution by 182 percent in 2018, canvassing neighborhoods and campuses across the country, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

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The group counted 1,187 distributions across the U.S. in 2018, up from 421 total incidents reported in 2017.

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There was 319 recorded incidents of white supremacist propaganda appearing on 212 college and university campuses in 37 states and in Washington, D.C. The ADL notes that there were 292 incidents recorded in 2017.

Alt-right groups such as Patriot Front, Identity Evropa and the Daily Stormer were responsible from a majority of non-campus community propaganda efforts.

The Ku Klux Klan also increased their efforts in 2018, according to the 97 recorded incidents of klan fliers being left on doorsteps or driveways. That is a 20 percent increase from the previous four-year average of 77, the ADL found.

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There were at least 91 white supremacist rallies or other events attended by white supremacists last year, up from 76 the previous year.

The highest levels of activity for white supremacist propaganda was concentrated in the states of California, Texas, Colorado, New York, Illinois, Florida and Virginia, according to the ADL.

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