A new study from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has revealed that white supremacist propaganda in the United States remained at historically high levels in 2021, despite what the ADL calls a “small recent dip” from the previous year’s research. The ADL’s research found that although 2021 data indicated a 5% drop in incidents of distributing white supremacist propaganda from 2020 – with 4,851 cases reported, compared with 5,125 the year before – the numbers remain at “worryingly serious levels.”
The study also says there were more actual events being held by extremist groups. “In 2021, ADL documented 108 white supremacist events, more than double the 53 events held in 2020, and the most events recorded in any of the past five years,” the ADL said on Thursday. This information coincides with two sitting members of Congress being chastised by Republican leadership for attending a Florida convention founded by white supremacist Nick Fuentes. Both Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared at AFPAC, but the reprimands from above won’t do anything to stop their rhetoric when they consider themselves “untouchable.”
The ADL found that at least 38 white supremacist groups distributed propaganda, including pieces that presented Ashli Babbitt, a January 6th rioter, as a “martyr” for their cause. Other campaigns included ones that supported Kyle Rittenhouse – who shot and killed anti-racism protesters in Wisconsin – with propaganda pieces claiming “Kyle was right”.
We track the distribution of racist and #antisemitic fliers, stickers, posters and other propaganda. In 2021 there were an average of 13 incidents distributed each day. More in our latest report: https://t.co/kN9TGMvMkp pic.twitter.com/UXTTvWn8pC
— ADL (@ADL) March 4, 2022
Among the 38 white supremacist groups tracked by the ADL, three groups – Patriot Front, New Jersey European Heritage Association (NJEHA), and Folkish Resistance Movement (FRM) – were found to be responsible for 91% of all propaganda activity.
‘Patriot Front’ guys showed up to try and join a Pro-Life march in Chicago today. Doesn’t sound like they are wanted. pic.twitter.com/XAKaUF3a9SSee Also
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 8, 2022
Read the full study on the ADL’s website.