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Texas-Based Group Drove Nationwide Spike In White Supremacist Activity In 2018

White supremacist propaganda nearly tripled last year compared to 2017. Patriot Front, a group with Houston ties, was responsible for more than a quarter of the activity.

Austin, Texas, November 4, 2017: Approximately 25 Patriot Front members and associates, wearing masks and carrying burning torches, demonstrated in front of the George Washington statue at the University of Texas.
Austin, Texas, November 4, 2017: Approximately 25 Patriot Front members and associates, wearing masks and carrying burning torches, demonstrated in front of the George Washington statue at the University of Texas.

Activity by white supremacist groups spiked nationwide over the past year. One of the most active is a Texas-based organization with Houston ties.

The Anti-Defamation League tracked 1,187 instances of propaganda by white supremacist groups in 2018, nearly triple the number in 2017. More than a quarter of those stemmed from one Texas group: Patriot Front.

“It’s an alt-right group. It’s a relatively new group that started last year. Their founder and leader is a guy named Thomas Rousseau who’s from Dallas,” said Dena Marks, senior associate director of the ADL’s Southwest Regional Office. Patriot Front leaflets campuses and neighborhoods and organizes flash demonstrations.

“There was one that happened last year at an ice house on West Alabama, where some Patriot Front members came in and started yelling at people who were holding an immigration information session there,” Marks said. She asks that anyone finding Patriot Front flyers notify the ADL.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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