Group says white supremacists stepping up college recruiting
Emboldened by the current political climate, groups that the Anti-Defamation League identifies as white supremacist are pushing to recruit college students and plaster campuses with their message, according to an analysis by the ADL.
The Anti-Defamation League described “an unprecedented outreach effort to attract and recruit students on American college campuses.”
The group, which seeks to document and prevent anti-Semitism and other bigotry, has tracked 104 incidents since the beginning of the school year in September, with an apparent surge in intensity in 2017: More than half of the incidents happened since January.
After a polarizing election and intense protests over race and police violence, racist graffiti, students wearing blackface and using slurs, and other ugly incidents have been reported at colleges across the country.
The Anti-Defamation League attributes some of that surge to a calculated effort by hate groups.
“White supremacists have consciously made the decision to focus their recruitment efforts on students and have in some cases openly boasted of efforts to establish a physical presence on campus,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive officer of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement. “While there have been recruitment efforts in the past, never have we seen anti-Semites and white supremacists so focused on outreach to students on campus.”
Incidents have happened at schools in 28 states, from Michigan to Tennessee to California to Virginia.
The ADL attributed many of the incidents nationally to three groups: Identity Evropa, American Vanguard and American Renaissance.