Lynchburg College, Liberty U. respond to white nationalist group fliers
Identity Evropa is making waves on the Internet and here in Lynchburg. The white nationalist organization tweeted photos last week of fliers and stickers at Liberty University and Lynchburg College.
"This is an inclusive community and diversity is one of our values, and we do not tolerate acts of bigotry, violence or oppression in any shape or form," said Hayward Guenard, Lynchburg College's Vice President and Dean for Student Development.
A Liberty spokesperson said the group's photo of LU's campus was photoshopped, and no fliers were found. He said, "It is unfortunate not only that groups like this exist, but that they would use trickery in an attempt to associate themselves with schools like ours."
Students and others took to social media, mostly expressing concern, and some showing support. The Anti-Defamation League said Identity Evropa is a white supremacist group targeting campuses to recruit new members.
"We are concerned with this activity, and we've seen it increasing across many states and dozens of college campuses," said Anti-Defamation League Washington, DC Regional Director Doron Ezickson.
Ezickson said they have seen the fliers at more than a dozen campuses in seven states and said it's part of the group's campaign "Project Seige" to recruit students.
"These groups do have the right to free speech, which we defend, but we are monitoring to ensure that this does not spill over into acts in violation of the law," he said.
ABC 13 reached out to Identity Euvopa for comment, but there was no immediate response.