Patriot Front Stickers Found on Campus Where Black Lives Matter Flag Vandalized

A Black Lives Matter flag has been vandalized at a Cincinnati campus where stickers promoting the white supremacist Patriot Front group were also found.

The extremist material from the far-right group was placed at public locations around Xavier University over the weekend. Police are also investigating after a BLM banner displayed in front of Bellarmine Chapel on campus was sliced.

The stickers from Patriot Front contained messages such as "AMERICA IS NOT FOR SALE," "CONQUERED, NOT STOLEN," "RECLAIM AMERICA" and "BETTER DEAD THAN RED" and their website details, reported the university's student newspaper Xavier Newswire.

Xavier University confirmed police are investigating the incident in a statement on Sunday.

"XUPD and campus leadership are aware of and actively investigating malicious acts from an extremist political group on campus this weekend," the statement said.

"Any message of hate, fear and division is fundamentally at odds with our shared call to solidarity and love, Simply put, hate has no home in our community."

Xavier Police said there is no indication that anyone at the university is responsible for posting the stickers.

The university has been contacted for an update.

Patriot Front is a white nationalist hate group that formed in the aftermath of the deadly "Unite the Right" neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

They are described as an "image-obsessed organization" who rehabilitated the "explicitly fascist agenda" of Vanguard America with extremist patriotism by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"Patriot Front focuses on theatrical rhetoric and activism that can be easily distributed as propaganda for its chapters across the country," the SPLC adds.

This is the third time in a matter of days that Patriot Front propaganda has appeared on nearby campuses.

On Wednesday, white supremacist ideology and materials from the group were found at Northern Kentucky University.

In a statement, the university said that it "unequivocally denounces" white supremacy propaganda.

"These views run counter to our core values and our commitment to equity and inclusion of diversity. We are an inclusive community that celebrates diversity, equity and social justice," a spokesperson added.

The following day, Thomas More University President Joseph Chillo said Patriot Front stickers had also been found on campus.

"At this time, we do not have reason to believe suspect individuals involved in the vandalism are associated with our University, but that doesn't mean we do not need to act when we see destruction or hate of this nature,"Chillo said.

"I want to thank those members of our community that have alerted us about incidents taking place on campus, and I encourage you to continue to disclose information to Campus Safety should the white supremacist propaganda continue."

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(File photo) A Black Lives Matter flag waves during a demonstration outside the First Police Precinct Station on June 13, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Black Lives Matter flag has been vandalized at a Cincinnati campus where stickers promoting the white supremacist Patriot Front group were also found. Stephen Maturen/Getty