Fliers for White Supremacist Group Appear at the University of North Texas
Fliers promoting a white supremacist group appeared in multiple buildings on the University of North Texas campus in Denton, Texas this week.
“I was about to walk upstairs when I passed a bulletin board and noticed the sign that looked suspicious,” Isaac Riley Davis, a second year student at UNT said, “I went up to it and went to the website listed on the poster and quickly confirmed my suspicions that it was a flyer for a white supremacist group. I pulled it down and set it down and immediately took a picture of it and shared it on my Twitter and Facebook to let folks know that this was happening and to keep an eye out for the signs.”
“After that, I decided that maybe I should notify a university official,” Davis said. As he went to report the posters, he saw three other people in the main lobby area of Wooten Hall talking about the posters. A woman in Wooten Hall told Davis that she had filed a report with the Campus Police over the weekend as a result of the fliers.
A UNT Police officer told Davis that the signs weren't illegal but that they were in violation of University policy.
More signs were spotted in both the Chemistry building and Language building on UNT Campus, as well.
"I noticed a poster similar to the one pictured on the west entrance of the Language Building and wasn't really sure what it was," Jeremy Saatsaz said. "Once I got into class, I went to the website linked and realized what it was. I immediately went to twitter and Facebook to see if anyone else had noticed/said anything."
Other signs, like the one posted above from Twitter that says "Are you tired of White Propaganda in College? You are not alone" were spotted throughout the University of North Texas, as well. These posters direct on-lookers to "therightstuff.biz" - a website that states "we're white and we're not sorry."
"It's extremely concerning," Saatsaz said. "I believe in free speech, but the propagation of an ideology fundamentally dehumanizing to so many members of our community has no place on our campus. Normalizing that sort of rhetoric has dangerous implications."
A person who claims to be the leader of the Texas Chapter and Vice Commander on the national level of American Vanguard confirmed to The Dentonite that the signs at the University of North Texas were “the work of some of our members in Texas.”
“American Vanguard is very active in the great state of Texas, and a variety of events are carried out weekly in many locations. We had similar posters put up at several other colleges around the state last weekend. Rice University, Texas State are the ones I know about.”
Inside the American Vanguard manifesto, they state that the white race will be the minority by 2044. The manifesto says, "As we apply to colleges and enter the workforce, we see the corrupt System that has been forced on us, one that blatantly works against White Americans, the very race that built this country in the first place."
Additionally, the anonymous leader says, “We are not a "White Supremacist" group. Nor are we "Neo-Nazis." We are White Nationalists and calling us by anything else borders on falsehood and would be a breach in journalist ethics.”
In an article outlining what exactly “white nationalists” are, The New York Times reports “Like white supremacy, white nationalism places the interests of white people over those of other racial groups. White supremacists and white nationalists both believe that racial discrimination should be incorporated into law and policy.”
More into the American Vanguard manifesto, "We fight for America, but this can never happen unless we win the hearts and minds of our fellow White youth. We want to be at the forefront of the reawakening of White racial consciousness. In order to do this, we must be willing to fight."
Last month, seven American Vanguard posters appeared in two buildings on Emerson College campus in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reported that Lee Pelton, President of Emerson College, sent an email to students that described the group as “a white supremacist and anti-Semitic organization.”
These posters popped up at Maryland University last December, too. They hit Purdue last November. According to the Anti-Defamation League, these posters have appeared on numerous campuses, including the University of Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
The University of North Texas has not yet responded to this issue, although they did make a statement today about President Trump's imposed immigrant ban.
Research credit, Jackie Thompson
Header image art courtesy of american-vanguard.org
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