White Supremacist Groups Are Targeting College Students as Recruits: Report
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According to new report conducted by the Anti-Defamation League, white supremacist groups are looking to college campuses in hopes of recruiting young students. The ADL calls it “an unprecedented outreach effort to attract and recruit students on American college campuses.”
The Washington Post reported that the group has tracked 104 incidents since the beginning of the school year, with an significant surge in 2017, with more than half the reported incidents occurring since January. Incidents include the following: racist graffiti, students wearing blackface, students using racial slurs and throwing up Nazi salutes, and the appearance of racist fliers and posters on college campuses across the country. The ADL believes that this uptick in visible racism since the 2016 presidential election is partially due to white supremacist groups and their influence.
“White supremacists have consciously made the decision to focus their recruitment efforts on students and have in some cases openly boasted of efforts to establish a physical presence on campus,” ADL Chief Executive Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.
He added: “While there have been recruitment efforts in the past, never have we seen anti-Semites and white supremacists so focused on outreach to students on campus.”
African-American Woman Makes History at Mobile, Ala., Police Department
Bareneise Dixon of Mobile, Alabama, is making history for being the police department’s first African-American woman Major. According to WKRG News, she recently was promoted from captain.
“I also have to acknowledge the efforts of those that paved the way in order for me to obtain this rank. You don’t get where you are by yourself. I’ve been honored to work with a lot of people in the Mobile Police Department, some that are still here, some that are not here,” says Dixon.
Dixon has been a police officer for 28 years and stresses that she was patient in working her way up the ranks.
“I started, believe it or not, as a police operator in Saraland. And it is something that I’ve always wanted to do, public service is a passion of mine.”