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White supremacist posters found at Emerson College

Seven posters advocating a white supremacist group were found in two buildings on Emerson College’s campus this week, according to Lee Pelton, the school’s president.

In an e-mail sent to the Emerson community on Tuesday, Pelton said six of the posters were discovered in the school’s Walker Building, with the seventh found in a residence hall.

“The posters were not put here to propagandize but rather to intimidate and silence,” he said in his message to students and faculty. “However, we will not be silenced. We will raise our strong voices of protest and our unassailable belief in the enduring power of our common humanity.”


The e-mail from Pelton was forwarded to the Globe on Wednesday.

According to Pelton, the fliers referenced the American Vanguard, and were placed in public view as part of the group’s “Northern Propaganda Campaign.” Pelton described the group as “a white supremacist and anti-Semitic organization.”

“It goes without saying that the racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric of American Vanguard has no place on our campus as a community that cherishes the diversity of ideas and people acting together in shared interests as a sustaining and core value,” he said. “We will not tolerate the promulgation of racist and anti-Semitic declarations in our community.”

The e-mail did not include an image of the posters. However, it did outline American Vanguard’s manifesto, which reads in part that “White America is under attack.”

Similar posters were recently found at Purdue University and the University of Central Florida, according to reports.

The American Vanguard group retweeted on Twitter a picture of what appears to be one of the posters found on the campus.

Pelton said the school has not yet identified who put the posters up around the school, but Emerson College police are investigating.

He said that the school’s offices of Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs will be open for student support.


Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com.