App State: 'White nationalist group' hung recruitment sign at university

App State: 'White nationalist group' hung recruitment sign at university

BOONE, NC (WBTV) - A group, identified as Identity Evropa, is claiming responsibility for hanging a banner on top of a building at Appalachian State University's campus Tuesday night.

According to the university's chancellor, Sheri N. Everts, two white men posted the banner around 8 p.m. on the pedestrian bridge that crosses Rivers Street. The chancellor said two other white men then removed the banner within 20 minutes.

According to the group's website, Identity Evropa is "a generation of awakened Europeans who have discovered that we are part of the great peoples, history, and civilization that flowed from the European continent." The group says they "oppose those who would defame our history and rich cultural heritage."

Identity Evropa tweeted Tuesday that they were responsible for releasing the banner on the university's campus.

"A New Dawn is Breaking, Rise and Get Active, Identity Evropa," the banner states.

University officials believe the posting of the banner was an intent to recruit members to Identity Evropa

According to the NAACP branch in Watagua County, Identity Evropa is a white nationalist group that "espouses white supremacist views."

"University Police are monitoring the situation closely, and have found no connections with recognized student organizations thus far," the chancellor said.

Everts released this statement Wednesday:

"Students, members of the administration and I have spoken with many students throughout the day. Several members of the Student Government Association (SGA) have expressed they are hearing students' outrage, fear and concern about our university being targeted as a potential recruiting ground by outside agitators. SGA has agreed to continue sharing student voices with us. We will continue working with student leadership, and are dedicated to finding opportunities and venues to continue to hear and listen.

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