White-supremacist propaganda on college campuses skyrocketed 258 percent in 2017, report says

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White-supremacist propaganda on U.S. college campuses has surged, increasing by 258 percent between the fall of 2016 and fall 2017 according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

The ADL tracked reports of white-supremacist propaganda college campuses, including those of fliers, stickers, banners and posters, at 216 schools ranging from Ivy League institutions to community colleges in 44 different states and Washington D.C. While ADL recorded 41 incidents of white-supremacist propaganda in the fall of 2016, there were 147 incidents the following fall, a jump of 258 percent. The total number of such reports in 2017 reached 290. One month into 2018, there have been already been 15 such documented incidents.

As well, universities can be spaces where some white students first interact with people of color and where they are first confronted with the naming and questioning of white supremacy and white privilege. Some white students will embrace these complexities and open themselves to a progressive and nuanced world view. Others will react against them, veering towards more racist, radical philosophies.

Amanda Berman, director of legal affairs at The Lawfare Project, has been investigating SFSU for almost a year and a half and is one of the organization’s lawyers suing on behalf of the students. She said in a statement, “Every couple of weeks, another anti-Semitic incident occurred; another Jewish student faced harassment on campus; another openly degrading comment surfaced from a member of the administration; or another student faced recalcitrance when trying to benefit, the same as all other students, from the opportunities and privileges of enrollment at SFSU.”

Read more at Salon: https://www.salon.com/2018/02/01/white-supremacist-propaganda-on-college-campuses-skyrocketed-258-percent-in-2017-report-says/

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