White nationalist posters spotted, removed at York College
Posters from a Euro-centric, white nationalist group popped up around York College recently and were promptly removed because they violated school policy.
The posters featured images of Ancient Greek philosophers with phrases including "Our destiny is ours" and "Serve your people" above the name Identity Evropa.
Identity Evropa states on its website that it is "a generation of awakened Europeans, who have discovered that we are part of the great peoples, history and civilization that flowed from the European continent."
Andrey Romanov, a York College junior, said the posters were all over campus the weekend of March 11 and 12, and he had a feeling the group might promote nationalism based on its name.
Romanov decided to look up the group online and found that the Southern Poverty Law Center had listed Identity Evropa among active white nationalist hate groups in America
The group's Twitter account, which features a pinned post of its members demanding an end to immigration, shows that it has been posting its message at college campuses across the country under a #ProjectSiege campaign.
Mary Dolheimer, a spokeswoman for the college, said the posters were all taken down, mostly by students, because policy states that those wishing to post information on campus must get approval from the college's Office of Student Activities and Orientation.
Dolheimer added that school administrators are proud that students have willingly denounced the group on their own because the school aims to foster inclusiveness and acceptance.
Romanov, who serves as chair of the college's History and Political Science Student Union, said he personally disagrees with the group's views, but he would have been in favor of allowing the posters to be on campus if the group had gone through the proper approval process.
"The best way to counter an argument is to present a better one," he said.