The Alt-right Wants You: White Supremacists Embark on U.S. Campus Recruitment Campaign

Identity Evropa, the group that chanted 'Jews will not replace us' at Charlottesville's white supremacist rally, plans a campaign targeting U.S. college students

In this Saturday August 12, 2017 file photo, white nationalist demonstrators walk into the entrance of Lee Park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In this Saturday August 12, 2017 file photo, white nationalist demonstrators walk into the entrance of Lee Park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia. Steve Helber/AP

The group Identity Evropa, best known for its role in the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is embarking on a yearlong recruitment campaign at American college campuses, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Founded last year, the group seeking to promote “white American culture” is engaging in a new campaign called “Project Siege,” which will include posting fliers and posters on university campuses via students actively promoting its goals. The ADL, which  tracked a rise last school year in white supremacist activity on college campuses, has documented 12 campuses where the group has advertised in the new school year.

Identity Evropa chanted the slogan “You will not replace us” at the Charlottesville rally last month, which some rally-goers then paired with “Jews will not replace us.” Identity Evropa supports a policy of “remigration” of immigrants out of the United States, and does not allow Jews as members.

White Nationalist group "Identity Evropa" founder Nathan Damigo speaks at alt-right "Free Speech" rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on June 25, 2017.
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In August, its members disrupted a pro-immigration forum at Miami-Dade College. During the 2016-2017 school year, the ADL reported 65 incidents of Identity Evropa materials posted on American college campuses.

“Identity Evropa is actively targeting campuses and their actions are extremely disruptive and unsettling to students,” said ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt. “The message is explicitly racist and anti-Semitic. They know they’re going to get a reaction when they show up on campus. Fortunately, their message is near-universally rejected by students and faculty.