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White nationalist flyers discovered on campus

Stickers and flyers were found in Herter, on lamp posts
Judith Gibson-Okunieff/Collegian

Several flyers and stickers for “Identity Evropa,” a white nationalist group designed to recruit college-aged men, were discovered across the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday morning.

Stickers were found displayed on lamp posts around the campus pond as well as posters hanging on bulletin boards on multiple floors of Herter Hall. “European roots American greatness” was written underneath the name “Identity Evropa.” A statue of Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana was also on the poster.

According to several photos from Identity Evropa’s official Twitter account, a staple of the group has been to set up flyers and posters across college campuses and major cities in America such as University of Rochester, Downtown Salt Lake City and University of Illinois.

The group, which was founded in 2016, is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and described as an organization focused on “raising white racial consciousness, building [a] community based on shared racial identity and intellectualizing white supremacist ideology.”

The Anti-Defamation League also identifies “Identity Evropa” as white supremacist, noting that the group deliberately targets college campuses through “fliers, posters, banners and stickers”

UMass student Benjamin Wiley, a junior studying classics, said that his Greek class had noticed a flyer hanging in their classroom on the sixth floor of Herter Hall.

“I had Greek this morning, and I got to class about 15 minutes early,” Wiley said. “I was just sitting there, talking to someone else and I looked up on the poster board and I saw that there was an Identity Evropa poster… We took it to one of the floor administrators because we thought it was likely there were more.”

After his class, Wiley said he was sitting in the history department lounge on the sixth floor of Herter Hall when he noticed a second poster hanging on the board there.

“I took that one down and brought it to a different administrator on that floor,” Wiley said.

Later that day, Wiley said he was talking to his Italian professor on the third floor of Herter, where he was informed that professors had found more flyers across the building.

“I’ve read about [Identity Evropa] in the news a lot, they’re pretty active,” Wiley said. “I know they’re really widespread across the country and I know that they are active on college campuses.”

Sonya Epstein, a freshman studying social thought and political economy who uses they/them pronouns, said their writing teacher brought their class out to take a look at a sticker on a lamp post near the Integrative Learning Center.

“Since we’ve been talking a lot about activism and topics around that, my teacher, who is a graduate student, was telling us about this group because she saw their stickers around campus,” Epstein said. “She took us out of the classroom so we could see the stickers, and she explained to us what the group was.”

Epstein posted a photo of the sticker on the popular Facebook group “Overheard at UMass” in an attempt to warn other students about what was being displayed across campus.

“I had never heard of this group before, and I knew that if I had personally walked past one of those I wouldn’t have given it a second glance because I didn’t know what it was,” Epstein said. “I just want people to be aware of what is happening on their campus, I want people to know who they are.”

Epstein, who lives in Melville Hall, the site of a racist incident last September, said that they found the flyers and stickers “horrifying.”

“There hasn’t been that much action being taken by the administration to counteract this and make the campus safe for everyone,” Epstein said. “It’s gotten to the point where it’s hate speech and it isn’t okay in any shape or form…it makes me upset and angry.”

History Department Chair Brian Ogilvie said that he was not sure when exactly the posters were hung up in Herter Hall, but that they were spread around the building. In addition to the posters on the sixth and third floor, another poster was found on the fifth floor and four were found in first and second floor classrooms.

“No one noticed them yesterday, so a good guess is that they went up either last night or this morning,” Ogilvie said.

Ogilvie said that he and other administrators had contacted Anna Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion about the incident.

“We are currently leaving to [Branch] the decision on the proper way to handle this,” Ogilvie said. “I think Dr. Branch is in the position to determine what should be done about this in regard to working with campus leadership.

“Personally I think that it’s sickening that people are trying to spread this message of white supremacy and hate. It’s nothing that we want to be associated with. If any students are concerned about seeing this, they should go and talk to their professors about this.”

“The University denounces these acts of hate and intimidation,” Ed Blaguszewski, executive director of strategic communications at UMass, said in a statement. “University of Massachusetts Police were notified and are investigating the matter.”

This story has been updated to include a statement from the University. It was also updated to reflect the correct pronouns of a person quoted. 

 Michael Connors can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @mikepconnors.

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    Manuel E. PintadoDec 5, 2018 at 12:48 am

    If I catch a White Supremacist Bastard. I will wring his/her heat through the grinder and serve for dinner.

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    sublationbot5000Nov 21, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Neoliberal ideology is nothing more than a social survival strategy underpinned by preference falsification in response to racial narratives and a naive notion of peace and love. Like all cults, there are “trouble words” (racist = heretic) and a hierarchy of “holiness” (aka wokeness). Conservatives are basically the same. One way you can tell you are in a cult is that no other person has ever thought anything like this is any other place or any other time for all of human history.

    We will reap what we sow. Do what you will, continue down this path and see what will happen, everyone will pay the price of rejecting tradition. The hubris of an inchoate rejection of tradition (behaviors that have been calibrated and optimized for thousands of years) is shocking when one really thinks about it. Nonetheless, intellectuals and authority will provide all assurance one needs for such hubris, just as they always have throughout history. Perversions such as transsexualism or homosexuality as well as plummeting birth rates are all products of existence in a place where food is plentiful, and luxury is abound. Just look at John Calhoun’s rat experiments.

    One way or another, demagoguery and nationalism will continue to rise in the future. Social democracy and thus bourgeoisie fantasies of “equality” and perversions are only able to survive in the global context of capitalistic imperialism, ironically. Though maybe not so ironic, everything for a price, no? Once growth in China or the USA hits a limit, things will fall back into place. Ying and Yang.

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    MercuryNov 15, 2018 at 12:07 am

    From Identity Evropa’s website: a video of Richard Spencer saying ” A nation based on freedom… is a country for everyone, and thus a country for no one. ” This organization is not a harmless celebration of European heritage; it is most certainly a hate group. It doesn’t take much digging through its own online presence to see that it advocates against coexistence of different races, and believes in European genetic superiority.

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    ChuckNov 10, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Ridiculous lies.

    Generation Identity is an European youth movement. It was formed to push back against their political leadership who profit from ill advised migration policies.

    German youth are suffering the consequences of these mistakes; especially women. Females are victims of crime and harassment in many German towns and cities.

    The newest group formed is db120. Do you know where the name originates?

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    Ed Cutting, EdDNov 9, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Actually, the SPLC wasn’t even actually even sued — they paid $3.3M on a lawyer’s letter threatening to sue — that’s how badly they screwed up and they knew it.
    And I’m hearing quietly of other suits being considered against them — it won’t take too many more to bankrupt them. Just sayin….

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    Animal CrackersNov 9, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Also note that the ADL is a criminal organization that was caught red-handed stealing police files on citizens and likely shared them with Israeli intelligence. Beware of these dual-citizens, their tribe’s interests come before any allegiance to the United States or its people.

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    AmyNov 8, 2018 at 11:24 am

    1. Identity Evropa doesn’t appear to be a hate group. Just because it’s listed on a website by a non-profit which incidentally was sued by a Muslim for lying doesn’t mean anything. SLPC is not really considered credible anymore because it is so extremely political and biased; people want to be able to trust these claims of a ‘hate group’ as sincere and factual which the SLPC does not meet that threshold.

    Identity envropa is just a group that wants Americans to reconnect with their heritage. America was founded by europeans, with the exception of one man, every single president has been of european heritage, the majority of the country is europe based, all the institutions originally conceived in europe including an university, colleges began in Europe; I think they were created by Catholics although higher education goes back to ancient greece; our legal system originates from England, common law; our form of goverment from europe and ancient greece,.

    You can go on and on. Why would you deny wanting to respect your european heritage and being pro-european as racist?

    Asians get to do it, black people, hispanics. So ‘white people’ or really white people are just of european descent, many who forget that, so why can’t the americans who made this country and run and are the majority of the population be proud of being european/white???

    2. This is probably just hysteria, really are we to trust any ‘racist’ claim on campus? Like a box with two xs on it was ‘racist vandalism;’? I highly doubt there was anything actually ‘racist’ about the posters and because the Daily Collegian didn’t publish them or they weren’t given a copy; how is the reader to know if they were actually racist or not?? We are adults here; as individuals we should be able to make the determination and our own opinion and not rely on the assertion of someone else.