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White supremacist group targets Stanford with posters

Flyers follow reports of swastikas drawn on campus

A white supremacist group that works to spread its beliefs by putting posters up at college campuses across the country targeted Stanford University this week.

White supremacist "recruiting" posters were posted in and around the law school and near the Stanford Bookstore during a Diwali celebration Tuesday night, Stanford Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole and Law School Dean Elizabeth Magill wrote in an online message.

The flyers were posted by Identity Evropa, a group that describes itself online as a "generation of awakened Europeans" who advocate for a "utopian homeland for whites." A video titled "Who Are We" on the group's website is narrated by Richard Spencer, a controversial white supremacist and president of the National Policy Institute.

Identity Evropa participated in white nationalist protests this fall that sparked violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The group has put up promotional posters at dozens of colleges and universities.

Brubaker-Cole and Magill's message, titled "Strengthening community in the face of race hatred," denounced the group, calling its ideologies "morally abhorrent."

"They have come to the wrong place," the administrators wrote. "These efforts will only deepen the connection we have to one another and the belief we have in the power of what we can learn and create and do when we work together, side by side, as part of a community that is committed to the humanity and dignity of every single one of our members."

The posters follow the appearance of swastikas on campus last week and similar vandalism incidents since last fall.

Stanford encourages reporting of such incidents to both the Department of Public Safety and the Dean of Students Office, which oversees the university's Acts of Intolerance Protocol. The university also offers support resources to students and staff, Brubaker-Cole and Magill noted in their message.

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5 people like this
Posted by Carol Smith
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 31, 2017 at 6:58 pm

Thank you for writing an article about this topic Palo Alto Weekly. How many other college and university campus' from San Francisco to San Jose have been canvased? Are all the institutions speaking to each other to join efforts to address this blatant attack on civil rights and to make sure all youth know how wrong and dangerous white supremacy is?


18 people like this
Posted by deport them
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm

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3 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 31, 2017 at 10:52 pm

They're a generation of violent thugs.


22 people like this
Posted by deport them
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 1, 2017 at 9:02 am

Deport the Nazis to Russia. Show them how well an all-white society really works.


9 people like this
Posted by do not see Steve Bannon here
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

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20 people like this
Posted by C-
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm

C- is a registered user.

...or the students on campus can [portion removed] embrace free speech, a free exchange of ideas, and try maybe even try to come to an understanding why comments like those above push certain types to embrace these ideals. If the students wanted, they could even show up and engage these people in debate, or at the very least, they could just ignore these posters.

Please, this is the USofA. I'm not a supporter of the White Supremist movement, but I'm horrified by the thought that someone would call exercising the right to free speech and assembly as a "blatant attack on civil rights". [Portion removed.]


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Posted by C-
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 1, 2017 at 3:19 pm

C- is a registered user.

Self correction:

Maybe if I was white, I'd know how to spell 'Supremacist', especially, since it's printed above..


10 people like this
Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm

38 year resident is a registered user.

@Hmmm.....I would suggest you look at where the violence at these rallies stems from. Take Berkeley, as a recent example. Violence was instigated by Antifa and the BLM movement. This is fact.

While the White Supremacist movement is in itself problematic, the protesters are generally non-violent. The right to free speech and assembly is guaranteed by the constitution.

Probably better to ignore them and let them rant. No coverage and they most likely go away.


5 people like this
Posted by Abitarian
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 1, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Abitarian is a registered user.

38 year resident wrote:

"While the White Supremacist movement is in itself problematic, the protesters are generally non-violent."

I disagree. We need look no further than recent events in Charlottesville where a Nazi-sympathizer used his car to kill a counter-protester.

This nation's history is forever disgraced by the violence and murder committed against African-Americans and other minority groups by organizations such as the KKK.

All too often, members of these white supremacist bodies include elected government office holders, law enforcement officials and others who are sworn to uphold the constitution.

Absolutely, I support our first amendment rights to freedom of speech but it is undeniable that large numbers of white supremacists want to do more than talk. We must be ever-vigilant.


9 people like this
Posted by C-
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm

C- is a registered user.

Question for Abitarian: Are there really even "large numbers of white supremacists"?

I know a ton of white people, and I have no clue what you are talking about. Sure, a certain level of racism (or more commonly perceived racism)exists across the board in all cultures, but the idea that "they want to do more than talk" seems like would pertain to the tiniest segment of society.


4 people like this
Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm

38 year resident is a registered user.

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4 people like this
Posted by C-
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 3, 2017 at 11:58 am

C- is a registered user.

Couldn't agree more with 38

Leftist, socialist, and communist politics has historically accounted for more deaths than any race based movement in this country ever has. Germany is one instance of havening both a socialist and racist agenda, but even they didn't kill as many in the name of Race as the USSR, Viet Cong, Kamar Rougue, North Korea, China, Cuba, Venezuela... (the list goes on) did for leftist ideals.

And to deport them, you are right as well. Russia is still a corrupt mess after it's flirtation with communist socialism


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