The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday reported an “alarming” increase in incidents of white supremacist propaganda on California college campuses.
The ADL reported 22 incidents in the fall semester, up from just 2 in the same semester a year ago, with many involving the supremacist groups Identity Evropa and Patriotic Front.
“We are extremely concerned that two of the largest campuses in San Diego, UC San Diego and San Diego State University have been targets of this campaign,” said Tammy Gillies, the ADL’s regional director for San Diego.
“We believe that the community should work together to combat this hateful ideologies spread by these white supremacist groups that are recruiting on our college campuses,” she added.
From Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, there were 147 incidents across the country, a 258 percent increase from the previous year, according to the ADL.
“White supremacists are targeting college campuses like never before,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. “They see campuses as a fertile recruiting ground, as evident by the unprecedented volume of propagandist activity designed to recruit young people to support their vile ideology.”
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism and continues to expose hate groups, training law enforcement and developing anti-bias education programs for students.
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