Hate Crime Investigation After ‘It’s Good To Be White’ Poster Sticks Around Town

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Residents of Basingstoke, Hants, were shocked to find ‘division’ posters in the town bearing the right-wing slogan ‘it’s gonna be white’ and tore them up

“It’s good to be white” is a far-right slogan that began in the United States and is supported by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

A hate crime investigation is underway by police after “it’s good to be white” posters were put up in a town.

Residents of Basingstoke, Hants, were horrified to find posters bearing the phrase displayed outside a college, on lampposts on main roads and on school roads.

Locals believe the posters were pasted by neo-Nazi sympathizers who deliberately intend to “divide”.

They demolished the signs, but they have since reappeared.

Basingstoke resident Priya Brown said the posters were “tactics used to deliberately divide neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.”

Hampshire Police have confirmed they are treating the Basingstoke incidents as a hate crime.








Residents removed the signs, but they have since reappeared
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Posters are treated as a hate crime due to the slogan’s alt-right links
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Basingstoke Gazette / Solent News)




“It’s good to be white” is a far-right slogan that began in the United States and is supported by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

The slogan was first popularized in 2017 on the 4chan messaging platform, and white supremacists quickly adopted the phrase as a way to put forward their beliefs and challenge “liberals.”

Concerned, Ms Brown said: “These posters were on school roads and many people, including children, saw them.

“My friend, who was walking the dog around 7:30 am, alerted me about this. Later I saw him on the way to school with my kids. It wasn’t pleasant and it was on every Cliddesden Road lamppost.





“Later, I also had a governor’s meeting in [Basingstoke College of Technology] and that’s how I found out that they were also outside of college.

“There were a few residents who were quite upset about it. They took down some of these posters. My friend’s husband also pulled out as many posters as possible.”

Ms Brown reported it to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and the Highways Agency, which said it would remove them as soon as possible.

After other posters appeared, some residents wrote on the slogan with a marker pen to read “it’s okay to be trans + dyslexic” and “it’s good to be gay”.

A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: “This was recorded as a hate incident and we are now liaising with our local community groups.”


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