White supremacist propaganda in the United States, including racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ messages, nearly doubled last year to a record level, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). in English).
Data from this New York-based activist organization shows 5,125 cases were reported in 2020, down from 2,724 in 2019, though incidents on college campuses fell by more than half, possibly due to COVID-19 restrictions. 19.
According to critics, white supremacy received a good boost with the recently concluded term of Donald Trump as president of the United States, although he denied being a racist and said he had been slandered by his political opponents in this regard.
His successor, President Joe Biden, has ordered an assessment of the risk of domestic terrorism after the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol by Trump supporters, some of whom displayed supremacist symbols.
The ADL said in a report posted on its website that supremacist propaganda manifested itself last year in every US state except Hawaii, with the highest levels of activity in Texas, Washington, California, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
“The propaganda blitz, which for the most part features veiled white supremacist language with a patriotic undertone, is an effort to normalize the white supremacist message and bolster recruitment efforts, while targeting minority groups such as Jews, blacks, Muslims, non-white immigrants and the LGBTQ community,” he said.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned last month that white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements are becoming a “transnational threat” and have taken advantage of the coronavirus epidemic to bolster their influence.
Earlier this year, US Representative Jackie Speier sent a letter to Biden urging him to issue an executive order identifying white supremacy and violent extremism as a national security threat.