Two prestigious Washington, D.C. area universities were hit this week with a propaganda poster campaign that appears to have been perpetrated by Vanguard America, a group self-anointed as a defender of “White America.”
Students and professors from both The University of Maryland (UMD) and George Washington University (GW) were outraged to discover the posters when they arrived on campus Tuesday morning:
One poster read, “It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. They are criminals. America is a white nation.” Another included the line, “Carry the torch of your people.”
According to Vanguard America’s website, bloodandsoil.com, referenced explicitly on each poster, the hate-group believes White America is under assault by minorities and immigrants, and that they are its last line of defense:
“Our religion, our traditions, and our identity are dragged through the mud by the globalist establishment while millions of nonwhites [sic] flood our nation every year. If current trends continue, White Americans will be a minority by 2044. It’s time to take a stand.”
While their fathers and grandfathers hid behind hoods and robes to conceal their identities as they spread their hatred through intimidation and violence, modern-day white supremacists hide behind their computer screens as they practice their hate mongering primarily on social media and in their own communities.
But now, emboldened and inspired by Donald Trump’s embrace of Steve Bannon’s blatantly White Nationalist agenda, these hate-mongers are seeping-out of the cracks of America’s darkest corners and venturing into the heart of our mainstream society. UMD is located in College Park, Maryland, less than 10 miles from the White House, while GW is literally down the block from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Both UMD and GW were quick to condemn the propaganda assault, with the president of the University of Maryland, Wallace D. Loh, issuing a statement that read, in part, “The white nationalist posters found on college campuses, including our own, contain detestable language that is an affront to who we are, and what we stand for. As a community, we stand for excellence, diversity, and inclusion. We stand against all forms of ignorance and hate.”
If only the President of the United States of America were willing or able to articulate a similarly conclusive and complete rebuke of these racist hate groups.
Don’t hold your breath.
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.