Torch-carrying demonstrators held a white supremacist rally at the University of Virginia on Aug. 11, 2017

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White Supremacist Propaganda Rises On College Campuses, Report Claims

June 28, 2018 - 1:00 pm
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By Carrie Hodousek 

Spreading propaganda on college campuses has become a popular tactic for white supremacist groups in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League.​

Since Sept. 2016, there have been 478 instances of white supremacist propaganda at colleges and universities in 47  states and the District of Columbia, the report said. Campuses in Texas and California were the most frequent targets of white supremacist propaganda, with 67 and 58 incidents, respectively.

"We've seen flyering take place at U.C. Berkeley, at Stanford, at San Francisco State, at San Jose State, among other campuses in the region," said Seth Brysk, regional director of ADL's Central Pacific Region.

In the past academic year, there were nearly 300 incidents where groups used fliers, banners and posters to spread their messages of hate against non-white immigrants and LGBT people. That's a 77 percent increase from last year.

Brysk told KCBS Radio white supremacist groups have increased their efforts to attract more members following the election of President Donald Trump. He said Trump's response to their behavior at a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va. rally in August has emboldened these groups.

"When public figures are reluctant to criticize those groups and do not lay the blame correctly and squarely on the shoulders of those who are propagating extremist beliefs and extremist ideology, that certainly emboldens them and gives them a sense that they can go and do more," Brysk said.

Identity Evropa, a group focused on the preservation of "white American culture" and promoting white European identity, was responsible for 230 of the 478 incidents.