It’s been one year since the 2017 Charlottesville Rally in which a group of torch-wielding white supremacists marched through the Virginia city. In the year since, white supremacist propaganda efforts have increased across the country, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday launched the ADL H.E.A.T. map, or the Hate, Extremism, Anti-Semitism and Terrorism map, to detail just how widespread these actions have become in the year after Charlottesville.
The ADL, which is headquartered in New York City, called this a “first-of-a-kind interactive detailing extremist and anti-Semitic incidents” in the United States.
“It’s important to remember that extremist activity is not just confined to a historic town in Virginia, but rather an issue faced by communities every day across the country,” said ADL CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt in a statement. “As extremists continue to spread hate and incite violence using any and all means that they can, ADL is committed to exposing their efforts and fighting to prevent the hate they aim to spread.”
ADL H.E.A.T. Map: White Supremacist Propaganda
In 2017 and 2018 alone, there were 3,023 incidents of extremism or anti-Semitism across the country, according to the ADL.
Something notable in the year since the Charlottesville Rally, the organization said, is that white supremacist propaganda, on and off college campuses, has increased.
The 2017-18 school year saw a 77 percent increase of incidents on campus from the previous academic year, per the ADL, with 292 cases reported compared to 165 in 2016-2017.
Since the beginning of 2017, ADL’s Center on Extremism has tracked more than 900 incidents of white supremacist propaganda. These incidents include things like distributing white supremacist literature, displaying white supremacist posters and more.
The ADL H.E.A.T. map gives a more broad view of white supremacist actions in the U.S., also, with more than 4,500 data points included — some dating back to 2008.