At least four fliers from a well-known white supremacist group were found on Casper College bulletin boards this week, a spokesman said.
The fliers were hung up by Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group, and photos of them were posted to the group’s Twitter account on Tuesday. Two of the fliers read “serve your people.” The other two state “our destiny is ours” and “our future belongs to us.” The text is posted over images of classical art, including sculptures of Julius Caesar.
Identity Evropa has been called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its members helped organize the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which included white supremacists marching and chanting Nazi and anti-Semitic slogans. A woman marching against the August rally was killed by a man with ties to white supremacist groups when he drove into a crowd of protesters.
Identity Evropa’s founder gained notoriety last year for punching a female anti-fascist protester in the face in Berkeley, California.
Chris Lorenzen, a spokesman for the college, said a staff member noticed the fliers earlier in the week. Initially, the postings drew attention because they were not approved by the college, which is why officials took them down. It wasn’t until later that college officials discovered that they were posted by the hate group.
Lorenzen said he wasn’t sure if the group’s fliers would be approved to hang on the bulletin boards had those who posted them gone through the official process.
“My understanding is we wouldn’t be able to restrict those messages as long as they aren’t criminal,” he said Friday.
“I would’ve reviewed it and learned more about it,” Lorenzen continued. “It’s hard to say because I haven’t seen the publications to know if they would be approved or not.”
He added that it was unclear who posted them and that the college’s role was essentially over. Though people posting fliers without the college’s permission is common, Lorenzen said this incident was the first time he’d heard of any posters tacked up on bulletin boards that advocated a racist ideology.
Posting white supremacist-leaning language is a common tactic of the hate group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. They posted similar fliers at Georgia Tech last year, at Baylor University earlier this month and at the University of Northern Colorado in late January.
It’s not the first time fliers have caused a stir on a Wyoming campus. In November, someone hung Holocaust denial posters around the University of Wyoming campus. Posters that falsely denied the years-long mass murder of Jews and other groups by the Nazis during World War II had appeared before at UW.
The Nazi genocide killed millions of people, including six million Jews.