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Hate groups try for mainstream appeal as they recruit in SoCal

Posters hang on a walkway at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, a local campus that's twice been hit with white supremacist propaganda posters in recent months.
Posters hang on a walkway at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, a local campus that's twice been hit with white supremacist propaganda posters in recent months.
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White supremacist propaganda has been showing up at an alarming rate throughout Southern California and around the country. It's been found on local college campuses, high schools, and in local communities. Experts say one reason is because some hate groups are eager to recruit new members.

The propaganda being used today doesn't always rely on familiar hate symbols and messages, experts warn, but rather themes like "identity" that are aimed at appealing to the mainstream.