Once again the white supremacists are trying to ruin school for everyone, this time putting up signs promoting America as “a white nation” on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.,, sparking outcry.
According to the Washington Post, the signs depicted white people with slogans about uniting. One notice encouraged “all white Americans” to report undocumented immigrants to the federal authorities. “They Are Criminals. America Is a White Nation,” the poster proclaimed.
Corey Garlick, a law student at GW, said that he and his friends spotted the posters all over campus.
“I cannot believe this is taking place today in the U.S., let alone on a college campus in a liberal city like D.C.,” he said, adding that many, including a friend who is an immigrant and a Muslim, are scared.
The posters were apparently sent out by Vanguard America, which told the Post in an email that it is the group’s hope “to raise awareness amongst college students regarding the problems facing the world today, and to advocate for a National Socialist solution to these problems.”
The group said that it targeted other schools in the D.C. area around the same time. Signs were reportedly also found at the University of Maryland on Monday.
Georgetown’s vice president for student affairs, Todd A. Olson, confirmed that the university Police Department was investigating reports of a man seeing similar signs at a bus shelter near the campus entrance.
“Acts of hate will not be tolerated on Georgetown’s campus. We are a community that welcomes all people and that values understanding, dignity, inclusion and respect,” Olson said in a statement.
The targeting of the D.C.-area schools is just the latest attempt in what the Anti-Defamation League describes as an attempt by white supremacist organizations to recruit students at the institutions and spread their hateful messages across campus grounds.
The ADL describes it as “an unprecedented outreach effort to attract and recruit students on American college campuses.”
The ADL has tracked some 104 incidents since the beginning of the school year in September, with more than half of the reported incidents occurring since January.
Read more at the Washington Post.