White supremacists are putting out more propaganda than ever, but meeting less
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.
Molly Boigon is the investigative reporter at the Forward. Contact her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @MollyBoigon