|On January 30, Patriot Front posted this photo from Saddleback College on their twitter feed with this caption: #PatriotFront activists placed stickers around Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.|
Rebel Girl loves the OC Weekly. Why? Let her count the reasons (there's so many!), but here's today's:
Savannah Munoz's article "FASHYS TRY TO POSTERIZE ORANGE AND ANAHEIM, GET FOILED BY RAIN AND ANTIFA"
In it, Munoz documents the latest white supremacist activity in the county. She writes:
Patriot Front, a fascist extremist group, boasted about its poster party antics over the weekend in cities across the nation, including Orange and Anaheim. They tweeted pictures of their fashy propaganda on street signs and light poles, including a “Keep America American” poster in Orange encouraging folks to report “illegal aliens” to the Department of Homeland Security. Over in Anaheim, a map of the United States featured the caps locked caption: “CONQUERED, NOT STOLEN.”For those not in the know, "fashy" is slang for facists and "antifa" is well, anti-facist.
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Patriot Front this way: "Patriot Front is a white nationalist hate group that broke off from Vanguard America in the aftermath of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, of August 12, 2017."
Among the sites targeted by the Patriot Front: Santiago Canyon College.
This made Rebel Girl curious. If Patriot Front struck at SCC, why not the fair colleges of the SOCCCD?
A quick dive into Patriot Front's twitter feed (hold your nose) not only shows activity at UC Irvine - but also at Saddleback College - as well as communities and campuses across the county and country.
The Saddleback College Crime Blog does report "vandalism" on January 30 - the day Patriot Front images from Saddleback were posted on Twitter - but it's unclear if this is the offense cited.
UPDATE: In between the time Rebel Girl posted this initial post and the time she arrived home, more recent activity showed Patriot Front was out and about in the canyons today:
The caption reads: "Patriot Front activists went on a hike and placed stickers around Trabuco Canyon, California."
UPDATE: From the headlines Wednesday morning:
USA Today: Number of hate groups hits 20-year high amid rise in white supremacy, report finds
NPR: U.S. Hate Groups Rose 30 Percent In Recent Years, Watchdog Group Reports
The Guardian: US hate groups have seen ideas enter mainstream in Trump era, report finds
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Synagogue massacre cited in hate-group report, which shows rising levels of hatred