White supremacist recruitment posters pop up on Pitt’s campus

The same thing is happening at campuses across the country.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition
Sarah Anne Hughes

Posters tied to a white supremacist group have appeared on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

Photos posted by the Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition show fliers on a Pitt bulletin board that appear to be tied to Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group that targets college campuses. In recent weeks that’s included York College in Pennsylvania, Penn State, the University of Chicago, the University of Maryland, the University of Minnesota and North Carolina State University. As Billy Penn reported, campuses in Philadelphia have been inundated with recruitment fliers and stickers from hate groups.

A member of PSSC said via Facebook message the group first spotted the posters during the spring semester in “Oakland, Shadyside and downtown (as well as hidden in some books in the library).” You can see a photo of one of the posters found in March here.

“They were destroyed and disposed of promptly, and only just now reappeared,” the person wrote.

A Pitt media representative said the school is aware of one such incident.

“The University is aware of the appearance of the posters on an outdoor kiosk that is regularly used by non-university organizations,” Joe Miksch, Pitt’s director of media relations, said via email. “The content there is not subject to prior approval. Diversity and inclusion are among the University’s core values, and are foundational to excellence in fulfilling its mission. The University also prides itself on being an institution that values the frank yet civil exchange of differing viewpoints. It is important to state that messages espoused by this group run counter to the University’s mission and values, and that it is not a recognized student organization.”

This isn’t Pitt’s first go-around with the so-called alt-right movement. Pitt College Republicans invited former Breitbart News provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus last year, setting off fierce protests. As the Anti-Defamation League notes, Identity Ervopa Nathan Damigo “has called Yiannopoulos ‘an inspiration.’