A new report by the Anti-Defamation League underscores other reports detailing increased violence against Asian Americans in 2020.
NEW JERSEY — White supremacists in New Jersey contributed to a record number of propaganda reports in 2020, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Extremism.
Nationwide, white supremacist propaganda — defined as posters, flyers, and graffiti that are anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-LGBTQ+ — was recorded 5,125 times in 2020, according to the report, almost twice the number of incidents recorded in 2019.
The ADL recorded propaganda incidents in every U.S. state except Hawaii last year.
The highest number of incidents were reported in Texas, Washington, California, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to the report.
New Jersey saw 59 incidents of white supremacist propaganda last year, according to the report.
Three groups were responsible for a majority of the propaganda, the report said. In fact, about 92 percent of items were distributed by Texas-based Patriot Front, the New Jersey European Heritage Association, and the Nationalist Social Club, which was founded in Massachusetts.
The New Jersey European Heritage Association is a small white supremacist group founded in New Jersey in 2018, according to the report. They see themselves as defenders of the white European people and white culture, as they believe the white race is doomed to extinction by a “rising tide of color.”
The group believes Jewish people are behind this “rise,” so the group expresses itself through anti-Semitism, as well as racism and intolerance, the report said.
They mainly spread their message online, and through fliers distributed in Central Jersey, including in Princeton, Freehold, Hillsborough, North Bergen, and as far north as the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Read more here: White Supremacy Group To March In Princeton Saturday
The remaining propaganda distributions — roughly 7 percent of the national total — were linked to a range of neo-Nazi groups including 14 First, Folks Front, National Alliance, and the now-defunct Moonkrieg division, in addition to white supremacist groups including the Hundred Handers and now-defunct American Identity Movement.
Despite a nationwide increase, the number of incidents reported on college campuses decreased, falling from 630 incidents in 2019 to 303 in 2020. This was likely due to coronavirus closures and restrictions, the report said.
The overall findings from the ADL report underscore a recent uptick in harassment and violence against Asian Americans since the coronavirus crisis was declared a pandemic in March 2020.
New data by Stop AAPI Hate reported 3,292 hate incidents against Asian Americans in 2020. After surveying more than 3,300 Asian Americans, researchers found that 68 percent had experienced verbal harassment between March 19, 2020, and February 2021. Eleven percent reported being physically assaulted.
Instances of Asian American hate originated in every U.S. state, the AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islander) report said. The highest number, however, was reported in California — nearly 45 percent of all reported hate incidents happened in the Golden State.
Behind California was New York with just under 15 percent of incidents and Washington state with 4 percent.
The report includes an incident of online harassment that originated in Randolph, New Jersey, in which a respondent said, “A man sent me these messages: Well, go die in Wuhan, China, the origin of the coronavirus and take Trump with you! B*TCH!