The Anti-Defamation League released a report Wednesday on the increase in white supremacist propaganda in the United States during 2019. Here’s what you should know:
- 2019 saw a doubling in propaganda activity since 2018. The ADL said last year’s 2,713 reported cases made up the highest number of incidents they’ve ever recorded.
- There were 630 white supremacist propaganda incidents that took place on campus, nearly double the amount recorded in 2018.
- While there was more propaganda in 2019, there were 20 percent fewer white supremacist events last year than the year prior — only 76, and those were poorly attended.
- Three groups were responsible for about 90 percent of the activity: Texas-based Patriot Front, American Identity Movement and the New Jersey European Heritage Association.
- The Ku Klux Klan is losing influence. Seven different Klan groups distributed propaganda 53 times, almost half their distributions in 2018 and less than the group’s five-year average.
- Every state except Hawaii saw white supremacist propaganda. California, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Washington and Florida saw the highest levels of activity.
ADL: White supremacist propaganda doubled in 2019