DALLAS – A new white supremacist group has ramped up its activity in major Texas cities, according a report from the Anti-Defamation League released Tuesday.
The hate group, Patriot Front, is known to hang banners on college campuses and overpasses and has distributed fliers, posters and stickers promoting its agenda. The group is also known for demonstrations and marches.
The ADL said the group has a large social media presence it uses to promote its ideology.
As of December 13, 2017, the ADL counted 37 incidents in which Patriot Front fliers, banners or stickers were posted on campuses. Majority of the 37 incidents occurred in Texas -- Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and San Marcos.
Members of the group "maintain their ancestors conquered America and bequeathed it only to them," according to the ADL.
"Patriot Front espouses racism, anti-Semitism and other types of hatred under the guise of preserving the 'ethnic and cultural origins' of their European ancestors," a release from the ADL said.
The group, led by a 19-year-old Dallas man named Thomas Ryan Rousseau, has posted fliers on at least three occasions at Texas State University.
The university police department issued criminal trespass warnings to five men behind the fliers.
“Patriot Front has been ramping up activity in our state, and the report is designed to help law enforcement and others understand more about the group. We are monitoring the group very closely,” Dayan Gross, ADL’s Southwest Regional Director said. “ADL’s Southwest Region staff is working with law enforcement, campus administrators and other community leaders to recognize Patriot Front incidents and respond to them effectively.”