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White supremacist propaganda hit an all-time high in 2020, new report says

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The freedom spiral at the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, intended to show how hateful language can lead to discrimination, violence and attempts to eliminate disadvantaged groups, had a swastika sticker pasted to it early Tuesday morning.

Incidents of white supremacist propaganda hit an all-time high in 2020, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, which has tracked racist propaganda for decades. Antisemitic, racist and anti-LGBTQ+ posters, fliers and graffiti were recorded 5,125 times in 2020, according to the report, almost twice the number of incidents recorded in 2019.

The report, released today, details incidents in every state excluding Hawaii. It includes 130 incidents of white supremacists putting up banners, 56 in-person white supremacist events and 283 incidents of antisemitic language or propaganda that specifically targeted Jewish institutions, a 68% increase from 2019.

Oren Segal, vice president of the Center on Extremism, said the increased propaganda is another indication of how divided America has become.

“As if a pandemic, social justice protests and a polarizing election were not enough, one of the other things we’ve been dealing with is a significant increase in efforts by white supremacists to spread their messages around the country,” Segal said. “What the numbers suggest is a doubling down on what they view as a successful tactic.”

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