At first, you might not realize the flyer was put there by a white supremacy group.
The poster, in shades of black, white and teal, features Andrew Jackson on horseback. The accompanying text reads: "European roots, American greatness."
Flyers like this, posted across the country by American neo-Nazi and white supremacist group Identity Evropa are popping up far more than they used to. Others feature George Washington. According to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League, white supremacy propaganda increased by 182 percent in 2018 compared with the year before.
The increase in flyers and other propaganda reflects a relatively new strategy for hate groups, the ADL says. Under intense scrutiny, white supremacists are reluctant to show their face in public, so they're relying more on leaflets and posters to spread hate without putting themselves at personal risk, it adds.
cw racism, white supremacy, nazism— lesbian dad 👾🌸☀️🌿 (@bigdoggenergy) March 4, 2019
Berkeley ppl- I found an id/entity ev/ropa poster in front of gbc today, so odds are there’s other ones up around campus. stay safe, tear them down if you’re comfortable doing so. if not, reply here and I or one of my friends will go do it.
the poster before I tore it down.— lesbian dad 👾🌸☀️🌿 (@bigdoggenergy) March 4, 2019
image description- two photos of a posterboard with various fliers in front of golden bear cafe, both show posters which read id/entity ev/ropa European roots American greatness and show a statue of a man on a horse and a triangle symbol pic.twitter.com/EdebLbHn9z
ADL counted 1,187 incidents of propaganda in 2018, up from 421 incidents in 2017. While college campuses remain a primary target, most of the increase occurred off of college campuses, with 868 incidents in 2018, up from 129 the year before. The alt-right also uses banners to promote its message, the ADL said, counting 32 instances of white supremacist banners hung in high-visibility locations such as highway overpasses.
Increased propaganda efforts "allow them to maximize media and online attention, while limiting the risk of individual exposure, negative media coverage, arrests and public backlash," the ADL wrote.