TEXAS — The year 2020 saw an increase in white supremacist propaganda in the U.S. and the majority of it was generated by a Texas-based group, a new report from the Anti-Defamation League indicates.
According to that report, “White Supremacist Propaganda Spikes in 2020,” the Dallas-based Patriot Front was responsible for 4,105 propaganda incidents in 2020, or 80% of all such incidents reported nationally.
The Anti-Defamation League says Patriot Front in 2020 more than doubled its 2019 output, distributing propaganda in all but two states: Kansas and Hawaii. However, the group was most active in Texas, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Virginia and New York, the report states.
“Since its formation in August 2017, Patriot Front has used its own iteration of ‘patriotism’ to promote its white supremacist and neo-fascist ideology. In 2020, the group continued to build its ‘brand’ by using red, white and blue colors in its propaganda and adding stenciled graffiti as a mechanism for spreading its ideology,” the report reads. “The group continues to avoid using traditional white supremacist language and symbols in its messaging, instead using ambiguous phrases such as ‘America First,’ ‘United we stand,’ ‘Better Dead Than Red,’ ‘Two Parties. One Tyranny,’ ‘Reclaim America’ and ‘Not Stolen. Conquered.’
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the propaganda in question uses “veiled white supremacist language with a patriotic slant.”
The report states at least 30 groups distributed propaganda in 2020 but 92% of the activity was attributed to three groups: Patriot Front, New Jersey European Heritage Association and National Socialist Club.
The remaining propaganda was attributed to neo-Nazi groups including 14 First, Folks Front and National Alliance.