Texas Sees Uptick Of White Supremacist Propaganda

Barbara Schwarz
February 20, 2020 - 6:25 am
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There's been a huge uptick of white supremacist propaganda distributed across Texas.  It comes in the form of leaflets distributed, usually at night, at synagogues and universities. Some contain anti-Semitic, anti-gay and anti immigrant tropes. They bear slogans saying "Take your country back."  One shows a map of the US with the words "Not stolen, conquered."

Mark Toubin, Anti Defamation league Southwest Regional Director in Houston says the goal is to scare people. "They want to cause people to be concerned and think about whether they want to be there."  He says the second goal is to take pictures and post them online to recruit new members to their hate groups. 

He says this cannot become the new norm. "So that the kinds of words that they're using, the kind of propaganda they're spewing, it becomes something that we become used to.  So they can ratchet it up to the next level.  We don't want that to become the new norm."

 He's asking anyone who comes across these to report these flyers to police and to the ADL.  He says hate starts with words, then progresses to dehumanization and discrimination and acts of violence.  "Genocide has never begun with just the decision, we're going to go and kill a certain group of people.  It always begins with words"

Over the course of 2019, the Texas-based Patriot Front was responsible for 66 percent of all propaganda incidents (67 percent of non-campus and 59 percent of on-campus), far more than any other group. 

Toubin says there were at least 339 instances in Texas in 2018 and 2019.  He says nationwide, the number is up 123 percent.