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Four posters promoting a white nationalist group have once again been found displayed on the University of Maryland campus, the Diamondback student newspaper reported Monday night.
The incident, is the second of the semester, and reportedly the fifth since December, explained the Diamondback.
University of Maryland Police officers responded to the Biology-Psychology Building at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, university police spokeswoman Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas said, where they discovered a university student had torn down and delivered the posters to the biology department office.
University Police conducted a search of the building, which yielded no additional posters, Hoaas said.
According to the school paper, the incident is being investigated as a hate bias incident, and that the police spokeswoman has encouraged anyone with more information to contact University Police.
The poster found had the sayings, “Our future belongs to us,” and, “Protect your heritage,” adorned across European sculptures of white men. They also included the name of white nationalist group called Identity Evropa, explained the Diamondback.
Evropa is a group that describes itself as, “”generation of awakened Europeans who have discovered that we are part of the great peoples, history, and civilization that flowed from the European continent,” according to its website. Its mission is to “reject the idea that our identities are mere abstractions to be deconstructed.
The Diamondback reports that:
A biology doctoral student found two posters hanging on the building’s first-floor bulletin boards, the student said. She said she removed the posters and took them to the biology department office. Shortly after, department administrators searched the building and removed two additional posters, she said. Though she did not file the initial report, the student filed reports with University Police and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion later that afternoon.
Identity Evropa posters have been reported at the University of Chicago, Indiana University and the University of Washington, in addition to other college campuses.
A similar incident involving white nationalist posters was reported at this university March 13, when flyers were found in four locations on campus. Posters were glued to the walls of the Chemistry Building, as well as the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, in the courtyard between the A.V. Williams Building and the Computer Science Instructional Center and on a dumpster outside of Symons Hall.
These posters directed students to the website of Vanguard America, a white nationalist group formerly known as American Vanguard. Its manifesto states, “We want to be at the forefront of the reawakening of White racial consciousness.”