UMass-Boston Admins Say White Supremacist Posters Have Popped Up On Campus
By Evan Lips | March 1, 2017, 19:56 EST
BOSTON –University of Massachusetts-Boston students were instructed Wednesday to be on the lookout for a series of posters and fliers purportedly tacked onto boards and walls inside campus common areas by a white supremacist group.
The provost, Winston Langley, in a campus-wide email featuring the subject line “Disturbing Behavior on Campus,” did not name the group, but noted that the “intimidating” fliers have prompted “anger and anxiety.”
“The University of Massachusetts Boston, consistent with its identity, is an open forum for ideas, theories, beliefs, orientations, experiences, and commitments,” wrote Langley, according to a copy of the email obtained by Universal Hub. “The university, however, rejects modes of exchange that circumvent its standards of openness and that surreptitiously seek to intimidate its students, faculty, staff or visitors.
“In particular, the university rejects all forms of racism, ethnocentrism, and invidious discrimination. Intimidation of our community is intimidation of all members. We stand in solidarity.”
While Langley never identified the group by name, several weeks ago an organization, which calls itself Identity Evropa, took to social media to post photos of several posters and fliers it had left in campus common areas:
— IDENTITY EVROPA MA (@MassachusettsIE) February 14, 2017
The organization has also claimed to have posted fliers at Holyoke Community College. It uses the slogan “project siege.”
— IDENTITY EVROPA (@IdentityEvropa) February 23, 2017
Identity Evropa has been identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which says the group was founded last March by a 30-year old California State-Stanislaus student named Nathan Damigo. Damigo is a former marine corporal. The Southern Poverty Law Center alleges that Damigo “discovered his inner white nationalist by reading the work of Holocaust-denying ex-Klansman David Duke while serving five years for armed robbery (while drunk, he put a gun to the head of a cab driver he thought was Iraqi and stole $43).”
Astute observers have pointed out that the fliers circulated by Damigo’s organization depict the image of Michaelangelo’s “David,” the Biblical Jewish hero who slung the stone that slayed the philistine Goliath.
Damigo, the Southern Poverty Law Center recounted, identified himself to classmates as an “identitarian,” and “rejected terms like ‘racist’ and ‘supremacist’ as ‘anti-white hate speech.’”
The Anti-Defamation League claims Damigo is endemic of the so-called “alt-right” movement, which it describes as a “a loose network of people and groups that promote white identity and reject mainstream conservatism in favor of politics that embrace implicit or explicit racism, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism.”
— Fashy Haircut (@NathanDamigo) December 31, 2016
According to the Anti-Defamation League, Damigo had previously led a now-defunct white supremacist organization known as the National Youth Front. The ADL says that “identitarian” politics “promote the idea of preserving white European culture.”
A review of Damigo’s Twitter account shows that he and others have pounced upon the progressives’ use of “identity politics,” a buzzphrase that gained popularity in the American lexicon just before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election.
@NathanDamigo We were late to the game of identity politics. We cheered on the other teams. Now we need to play on the field we built.
— Ember Wolf (@EmberWolfTMNM) February 28, 2017
— ♂️ (@HalfAtlanta) February 27, 2017
Damingo’s organization has not responded to a request for comment.