White supremacist groups have been getting more gutsy around the country, as this week reports from Colorado show that there was a swastika painted in the middle of a public street in Colorado Springs. Authorities think a white nationalist group known as Identity Evropa is to blame, as they’ve been increasing their recruitment efforts in the area recently.
The Hill reports:
A pedestrian walking his dog discovered the black-painted hate symbol on Briargate Trail in a sparsely populated area that leads through a field, according to the article.
The swastika remained on the pavement Wednesday evening, and the pedestrian reportedly informed police and public officials in hopes of having it removed.
Briargate Trail “is my quiet place to relax from my day,” said attorney Brad Sherman, who reported the incident to authorities. “To see a swastika in the middle of it is fairly upsetting.”
A local lawmaker also tweeted to put residents on alert:
“A white supremacist group was in Colorado today. Stay vigilant and call the police if you spot them defacing property. Colorado is no place for their hatred.”
— Joe Salazar (@Joe4COAG) August 24, 2018
While Identity Evropa’s site’s language is laid out carefully enough to avoid outwardly racist language, they do identify themselves as a white supremacist organization.
“Identity Evropa is at the forefront of the racist ‘alt-right’s’ effort to recruit white, college-aged men and transform them into the fashionable new face of white nationalism,” the group’s description reads.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, also identified the group as one of 21 other white supremacist organizations operating in the state.