White supremacist propaganda scaled new heights in 2022, ADL report finds

by | Mar 9, 2023 | Religion

(RNS) — A new report shows a dramatic rise in white supremacist propaganda in 2022, mostly among a handful of groups pushing racist, antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ slogans.The Anti-Defamation League’s research found a 38% increase in incidents from the previous year, with a total of 6,751 cases reported in 2022, compared with 4,876 in 2021. Specific antisemitic propaganda more than doubled in 2022, rising to 852, up from 352 in 2021.
The report tracked geographic-specific material propaganda — such as fliers, stickers, banners, graffiti and posters, as well as laser projections. It did not track white supremacy online, though it found evidence for some of the propaganda material on social media or other online sources.
An example of such propaganda is the banner hung from a Los Angeles freeway overpass in October that read “Kanye is right about the Jews.” The ADL identified the Goyim Defense League as the group behind that banner, which was referencing recent antisemitic social media posts from Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.

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White supremacists have always existed in the United States. But their public profile rose in 2017 with the Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, followed the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
“White Supremacist Propaganda: 2018-2022 Incidents in the U.S.” Graphic courtesy of ADL
Most recently, white supremacist groups have mobilized to shut down and intimidate events involving drag q …

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