On Wednesday, University of Massachusetts Boston university officials said that recruitment fliers for a white supremacist group called Identity Evropa had begun posting fliers across the campus, according to The Boston Globe. The posters have sayings like, “Let’s Become Great Again” and “Protect Your Heritage,” according to CBS Boston.
Identity Evropa is associated with the National Policy Institute, which is run by infamous white nationalist Richard Spencer (the Nazi who got punched in the face). According to its website, the believes white European culture is under attack.
The group claims they’e not promoting hate speech. “The goal behind the campaign raise awareness of our organization and issues. Many White people are tired of anti-White rhetoric, Leftist violence, Black Lives Matter, multiculturalism, etc,” Director of Administration Reinhard Wolff told CBS Boston.
UMass Boston’s Chief Diversity Officer Georgianna Melendez told the Globe that there’s been a recent uptick in campus community members coming to her, concerned about racist sentiments being posted around the school. There are probably a lot of college students around the country who can relate to that—Trump’s election has emboldened some to express bigoted views more openly.
“Any group who represents anything that’s ethnocentric or racist or homophobic — that is not consistent with the ideals of the university,” Melendez told the Globe.
The university’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs sent out an email on Wednesday saying that the university stands in solidarity with those who were hurt by the posters.
The posters have been taken down, but Identity Evropa says they’re not concerned and plan to put up more on campus, according to CBS Boston.