White Supremacy Group Targets UChicago With Racist Posters
By Stephen Gossett in News on Feb 9, 2017 1:57AM
A white supremacist group put up several racist posters on the University of Chicago campus in recent days.
Identity Evropa—a white-nationalist organization that makes a habit out of surreptitiously posting such imagery across the country before broadcasting their work on social media—took credit on Monday for a targeting of University of Chicago. The black-and-white posters spotted on campus feature the group's usual handiwork: white marble statues with messages like “Our Destiny Is Ours” printed across.
In a Facebook post from Tuesday, university association Graduate Students United said they were tracking instances of “neo-Nazi posters or hateful graffiti” and noted that university community members had also encountered such examples:
“Most recently, multiple members of the UChicago community have spotted posters from a group called Identity Evropa. A few posters appeared around Hyde Park in the last week or so, and then several were found on campus [on Monday]. The posters feature classical and neoclassical sculptures with slogans like "Let's become great again" and "Our future belongs to us," and the name of the group at the bottom."
At least 10 posters were found on campus within two weeks, between Jan. 27 and Feb. 8, according to Amanda Shubert of GSU.
Identity Evropa also claimed responsibility for one of their so-called #FlashTheCity campaigns in Chicago last July, which saw posters put up at the Bean, at the Lakefront Trail, at a CTA stop and other locations—that is, until enterprising haters of fascism wasted no time in tearing them down.
The white-supremacist group self-identifies as an “American-based identitarian organization dedicated to educating the people of European heritage about the importance of a Eurocentric identity.” The group was founded by Nathan Damigo, who has links to the National Youth Front, among other white-nationalist organizations.
In December, a militant neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division put up at least one poster of Adolf Hitler, emblazoned with swastikas, in the UChicago's Levi Hall.
Chicagoist has reached out the University of Chicago. This post will be updated as necessary.