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Stickers promoting white nationalist group found in Downtown Baltimore

Posted at 3:50 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 17:14:57-04

BALTIMORE — Stickers linked to a website for a white nationalist group have started showing up across downtown Baltimore.

It appears the stickers were placed on parking meters, light poles and other signage around city hall, close to where recent Black Lives Matter protest have been held.

The stickers contain a QR code which, when scanned, directs people to a website for the group. In an effort to reduce the organization's influence, WMAR-2 News is not naming the organization.

Both the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center designate the group behind the stickers as a hate group.

"The website itself is geared in such a way that you don’t find out that it’s white supremacists immediately," said Benjamin Jancewicz. "It talks about being a patriot and being really strong for this country and all that kind of stuff but when you take a deeper look into it, it’s like, wait a second! You guys are a reaction against Black Lives Matter and you’re basically in support of white only nation."

Young, who is a graphic designer, first noticed the stickers after attending a BLM rally over the weekend. Since then he's been busy scraping the stickers off signs with a knife. He's also posting images of the removal to social media in an effort to raise awareness.

"White people's responsibility is to listen to the black voices who are saying enough is enough," said Jancewicz. "It's our responsibility to take that information, take that knowledge and do something about it, whether that’s talking to your racist uncle or scraping a sticker off parking meter."