Tracking extremism in Arizona

People carrying Identity Europa flags march in front of clergy as they arrive at Emancipation Park for a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. /Photo by Anthony Crider / Flickr

By Jim Small | Arizona Mirror

The ADL’s Center on Extremism, which tracks extremist activity in the U.S. and elsewhere, in February published what it calls its H.E.A.T. Map, which displays incidents of hate, extremism, anti-Semitism and terrorism across the U.S.

The Anti-Defamation League documented 59 such incidents in Arizona in 2017 and 2018, all in Maricopa and Pima Counties. The incidents ranged from anti-Semitic harassment to swastikas being drawn on buildings to white supremacist groups recruiting new members at area colleges and universities.

Of those 59 incidents, 31 involved white supremacist propaganda, mostly from the group Identity Evropa distributing flyers at Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Glendale Community College. On two separate occasions, the white nationalist group also hung banners: once in Tempe celebrating white “traditions” at Christmas in late 2017 and then in Tucson in September 2018 calling for an end to immigration and “invasion.”

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