RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Recruitment fliers for a white nationalist group reportedly appeared on Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park Campus less than a week into the new school year. One of the fliers reads ‘Faith, Family & Folk,’ promoting the Traditionalist Worker Party.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has described TWP as a group formed in 2015 as the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network, which aims to “indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism.”
“It’s kind of shocking, you know?” senior VCU student Ciro Alcoba told 8News Reporter Matthew McClellan. “I kind of expected that to be in the past.”
“It’s kind of shocking, you know? I kind of expected that to be in the past.” –VCU senior Ciro Alcoba
On its website, the group accuses the government of stacking the deck against white families.
This year’s record-setting freshman class is comprised of approximately 4,200 students, of which about 50 percent are minority students.
On a campus celebrated for being multicultural, some students said they are worried about the message the fliers are sending.
“It just concerns me that it’s going to hurt people,” freshman Sarah Zaboli said.
A university spokesperson said VCU is aware of the matter, adding that materials like white nationalist propaganda are protected under the First Amendment.
The statement also highlighted the need for educators and students to counter offensive or distasteful speech with words that inspire and encourage.