White supremacist propaganda campaigns raged on in 2021, ADL says

White supremacist groups continued in 2021 to spread propaganda at a historically high rate, according to a report on Thursday, amid what some experts call an increasingly panicky reaction to growing diversity in America.

Research by the Anti-Defamation League found 4,851 reported instances of white supremacist propaganda in 2021, including racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ posts. That’s a 5% drop from 2020, but up from 294 cases in 2017, when the anti-hate organization began seeing an increase in white supremacist activity. ADL researchers uncovered 1,206 propaganda incidents in 2018 and 2,714 in 2019.

The ADL has seen a 27% increase in anti-Semitic propaganda distributions, with 277 incidents in 2020 and 352 in 2021, including stickers outside a California synagogue proclaiming ‘Hitler was right’ and dozens of drops leaflets across the country blaming Jews for the coronavirus.

Carla Hill, author of the report and associate director of the ADL Center on Extremism, said white supremacist activity and organizing has taken off over the past decade as racists have become “more and more desperate , losing the chance that America is white”. And 2017 was the high point.

Hill said there was a buildup of white supremacist groups ahead of the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. Previously, these groups were concentrated on college campuses. However, the event was deemed a failure, she said, and the various groups “only held together for a little while afterwards and then fractured”.

More than a dozen of the country’s most prominent white supremacists and hate groups involved in the deadly Unite the Right rally were found liable in November by a jury that said the men and their racist organizations should pay $26 million. dollars in damages.

After Charlottesville, Hill said, the movement shifted to anonymous distribution of propaganda.

Throughout 2021, at least 38 white supremacist groups distributed propaganda, but three groups – Patriot Front, New Jersey European Heritage Association (NJEHA) and Folkish Resistance Movement (FRM), formerly known as Folksfront – were responsible for 91% of incidents, the ADL Report found.

The Patriot Front was behind over 82% of the incidents and was most active in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, Texas and Maryland. In 2021, he tore down Black Lives Matter statues and murals, stole and burned pro-diversity and pro-LGBTQ signs and flags, and distributed propaganda at Jewish institutions, according to the ADL report. .

The main distributors in 2021 of anti-Semitic propaganda were FRM, NJEHA, White Lives Matter and Goyim Defense League.

Hill said new white supremacist networks are forming and focusing on distributing propaganda, an activity they see as less risky and allowing a small number of people to create a disproportionate impact.

“In 2021, ADL documented 108 white supremacist events, more than double the 53 events held in 2020, and the most events recorded in the past five years,” the report said. The increase is partly related to the organization of flash demos and an emphasis on holding monthly events.

The neo-Nazi Nationalist Social Club (NSC) staged the most flash protests of any group, the ADL said, including a protest outside the Holocaust Memorial in Boston and a protest against critical race theory outside a school board meeting in New Hampshire.

White supremacists have also held private gatherings such as concerts and white power music conferences, the ADL said.

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