October 1, 2023


The state consultant for Martha’s Winery stated the Patriot Entrance indicators had been “clearly an assault” on the seaside city widespread amongst Black households.

The seaside 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 underneath investigation in Oak Bluffs, a seaside group in Martha’s Winery traditionally widespread amongst Black households. 

The Oak Bluffs police division posted pictures 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 identify. The indicators seemed to be painted in crimson and blue colours utilizing stencils. 

The group featured on the indicators is a Texas-based white nationalist and fascist group. In accordance 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 by way of banners and posters — like those in Oak Bluffs — and even “flash demonstrations.” In these shock marches, the group will generally 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 lively hate teams within the area, The Boston Globe studies. 

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

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, a Democrat who represents Martha’s Winery and surrounding communities, stated the position of the signage was “clearly an assault on Oak Bluffs as one among America’s historic trip locations for Black individuals.” In a press release, he additionally referred to 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.