White supremacist indicators posted in Oak Bluffs below investigation


The state consultant for Martha’s Winery mentioned the Patriot Entrance indicators had been “clearly an assault” on the seashore city well-liked amongst Black households.

Several people walk past two businesses in Dockside Marina in Oak Bluffs, a beach town on Martha's Vineyard.
The seashore city of Oak Bluffs, positioned on Martha’s Winery, pictured on Sept. 23, 2022. Carlin Stiehl/The Boston Globe

4 indicators that promoted a white supremacist group are below investigation in Oak Bluffs, a seashore group in Martha’s Winery traditionally well-liked amongst Black households. 

The Oak Bluffs police division posted photographs on Fb Sunday of two Patriot Entrance indicators and requested the group to return ahead with info on who posted the indicators in a single day. The indicators shared on social media learn “Robust Households, sturdy nations” and “America first,” and included the group’s title. The indicators gave the impression to be painted in purple and blue colours utilizing stencils. 

The group featured on the indicators is a Texas-based white nationalist and fascist group. In line with anti-hate group American Protection League, the Patriot Entrance believes that “their ancestors conquered America and bequeathed it to them, and nobody else.”

The group spreads its white supremacist concepts through banners and posters — like those in Oak Bluffs — and even “flash demonstrations.” In these shock marches, the group will typically ignite smoke bombs or strive different related attention-grabbing ways. 

Of the greater than 150 members within the group, round 20 are positioned throughout New England — the group can also be one of the energetic hate teams within the area, The Boston Globe experiences. 

As of two p.m. Tuesday, police mentioned they nonetheless didn’t know who put the posters up, and it isn’t instantly clear if prices can and will probably be introduced in opposition to the people who posted the indicators round city. The Cape and Islands District Lawyer’s Workplace wouldn’t touch upon the investigation.

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, a Democrat who represents Martha’s Winery and surrounding communities, mentioned the location of the signage was “clearly an assault on Oak Bluffs as one in all America’s historic trip locations for Black individuals.” In a press release, he additionally known as the people who carried out the stunt “small-minded” and “cowards.” 

The investigation into these indicators comes at a time when white supremacist teams and the unfold of their propaganda are on the rise throughout the nation, and even within the extra progressive pockets of New England. Patriot Entrance members marched within the streets of Boston simply final yr, banging drums alongside the Freedom Path and reportedly assaulting a Black musician named Charles M. Murrell III, who has since sued the group.