White nationalist sticker found on school board poster may have been “antisemitic”


Courtesy of Monic Behnken

The campaign sign of an ISU faculty member and Ames school board candidate, Monic Behnken, was defaced with a sticker similar to white heritage posters found in the Fall of 2016. 

Michael Heckle

A white nationalist sticker found stuck to a campaign sign for school board candidate Monic Behnken in the yard of an Ames home may have been targeted toward the homeowner, rather than the candidate, police say.

“We right now believe that that sticker had more to do with the homeowner than sign it was on,” Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff said.

Huff also said that police believe the sticker was meant to be “more antisemitic than anything else.”

The sticker, which is similar to white heritage material found on Iowa State Campus last year, featured a symbol made of triple parenthesis called echoes, which the Anti-Defamation League says is antisemitic.

“Bankers, biased media, pol. establishment” were each surrounded with multiple sets of parentheses, or “echoes.”

“Are you sick of bankers, biased media, pol. establishment? Join the movement,” the sticker read. It also included a web address to the white nationalist site therightstuff.biz.

Other white nationalist material found on campus near Birch Hall Tuesday featured a different design and directed readers to another site called “A Right to Exist.”

Police are unsure whether or not the incidents are related, but both Ames and ISU police plan to continue their investigation.