At a Glance | September 18

White Supremacist Posters Found on More College Campuses

Posters espousing white supremacism appeared on at least two college campuses, prompting dismay from university officials, and, in one case, a criminal investigation. Students found fliers associated with Vanguard America around the University of Houston campus on September 12. Fliers with racist and white nationalist themes, including “Diversity means less white people,” were posted around the Kansas State campus in Manhattan on September 13. Administrators at both schools, while acknowledging free speech rights, said the posters were removed because they were placed outside proper areas. University of Houston police said the placement of the posters could constitute criminal mischief. Over the last year, Vanguard America has distributed fliers nationally to recruit new members—primarily targeting educated males 18-24. The group has also posted fliers at universities in at least 10 states—including at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Princeton University in Princeton.


Dozens Burned When Homemade Bomb Explodes on London Subway

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UK police arrested two young men over the weekend following an explosion on a London subway car during the morning rush hour on September 15. The men, 18 and 21 years of age, had been foster children with the same couple, officials said. An improvised explosive device (right), hidden in a white plastic bucket inside a supermarket freezer bag, partially exploded injuring at least 30 persons. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack comes after an English-language propaganda magazine—published by al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula—this summer urged followers to attack US and European trains. Britain raised its terror level to “critical,” meaning an attack is expected imminently, following the fifth attack in its capital this year. Four suicide bombers killed 52 and injured over 700 in coordinated attacks July 7, 2005, on three subway cars and a bus.


Data on White Supremacist Violent Crime Remains Elusive

Statistics held by federal, state and non-governmental agencies fail to provide a complete picture of the amount of violent crime committed by white supremacists, according to an article in Lawfare. The review faults some of the documents for “covering only a small set of offenses or failing to label the offender’s ideology with specificity.” Some statistics are available from two components of the US Department of Justice—the National Security Division and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Those sets, as well as statistics from the US Department of Education, do not generally isolate white supremacist violent crime, the review found. It ranked data from the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness as the most specific government data available. Based on its own research, NJOHSP’s 2017 Terrorism Threat Assessment found 22 domestic terrorism attacks in 2016, seven of which were committed by white supremacists nationwide. Several other states track and provide access to data about hate crimes, but also do not specifically describe the offender’s ideology.


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