Between fall 2016 and fall 2017, white supremacist propaganda on US college campuses increased by 258%. Often times this propaganda includes anti-LGBTI messages.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report detailing these new statistics.
Founded in 1913, ADL is a US-based civil rights organization and rooted in Jewish values.
As the report explains, this propaganda frequently ‘attacks minority groups, including Jews, Blacks, Muslims, non-white immigrants, and the LGBT community’.
What the numbers say
ADL recorded 346 incidents of this propaganda (including posters, banners, and more) since 1 September 2016.
The groups targeted 216 campuses in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Texas and California were hit hardest, with 61 and 43 incidents, respectively.
A majority occurred in 2017 (290) and many occurred in the fall semester (41 in 2016, jumping more than 100 to 147 in 2017).
In 2018, colleges already reporter 15 incidents.
The darkest shadows
‘White supremacists are targeting college campuses like never before,’ said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
He added that beliefs like these ‘belong in the darkest shadows, not in our bright halls of learning’. He also said school administrations have the ‘moral obligation’ to ‘address the need to counter hate groups’ messages’.
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