White supremacist groups are stepping up efforts to recruit students on college campuses, according to a report published Monday by the Anti-Defamation League.
Since the academic year started in September, white supremacist groups have targeted college campuses 104 times with anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and racist fliers, posters and stickers, the report found. The incidents took place in 25 states.
This level of recruitment on college campuses is unprecedented, said Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism and one of the authors of the report. “White supremacists have on occasion tried to attract younger people, but not on the level we’ve seen at this time and in the diversity of ways,” he said. “They view young people as bringing energy to a movement. What they want to do is try to recruit a new generation of people to carry on their messages to the future.”