ADL: Distribution of white supremacist propaganda on the rise in NJ and nationwide

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A new report by the Anti-Defamation League suggests that there has been a massive increase in white supremacist propaganda in New Jersey and nationwide.

Kane In Your Corner has been tracking hate-related incidents in New Jersey for the past few months. Last fall, in Evesham Township, a man was caught on camera putting anti-Semitic flyers on car windows. It is the kind of occurrence that is happening more often.

The ADL says that the distribution of white supremacist propaganda skyrocketed in New Jersey from 41 cases in 2018 to 141 last year - an increase of nearly 250 percent. Nationwide, incidents rose by more than 120% between 2018 and 2019. That follows a rise of more than 180% between 2017 and 2018.

“This rhetoric that is being disseminated had to be checked and stopped in our daily lives,” says ADL of New York and New Jersey community affairs director Alex Rosemberg. “If we don’t do it, it runs the risk of running amok and penetrating society.”

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Last summer, members of a group called the New Jersey European Heritage Association handed out anti-Semitic and anti-feminist messages on Main Street in Bordentown. The ADL says that this group is one of three organizations responsible for 90% of the white supremacist propaganda that is distributed nationwide.

Rosemberg says that white supremacist groups are increasingly recruiting on college campuses, using a new, clean-cut image.

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“That’s where things have changed…This resort to accepting means of dressing, of portraying themselves as American patriots and using Americana and want to say, ‘You know what? We don’t hate anybody. We just want to save the white race from white genocide,” says Rosemberg.

The ADL says that there are two things Americans can do to stop the spread of white supremacist material. One is to teach children to be tolerant of one another. The other is for people to resist the temptation to tear down hateful propaganda they may come across. Instead, the ADL says that people should take a photograph of it to preserve evidence and then call the police. Police may be able to see something significant in the materials that the average person may not.

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