White-supremacist propaganda on college campuses is rising sharply, according to data released on Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League.
During the 2017-18 academic year, the ADL’s research arm, the Center on Extremism, recorded 292 instances of white-supremacist propaganda on campuses. That’s a 77-percent increase from the 165 cases it documented in the 2016-17 academic year.
The white-supremacist activity mainly took the form of posters and fliers, the ADL found. In the past year, high-profile controversies at Texas State University, the University of Virginia, and Michigan State University have sparked concern that colleges and universities were becoming targets of the far right.
“Our data shows that white supremacists’ propaganda campaign continues to accelerate, both on and off campus, online and on the ground,” said Oren Segal, director of the Center on Extremism, in a news release. “The alt-right segment of the white-supremacist movement remains a driving force behind this activity.”