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Brian Levin commentary: Why white supremacist attacks are on the rise, even in surprising placesTimeMarch 21, 2019 Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, wrote in a commentary:“While President Trump answered a query about whether he thinks white nationalism is a growing global threat, in a press conference following the Islamophobic terrorist attacks that targeted two New Zealand mosques and killed 50 people on March 15, he was dismissive: ‘I don’t, really,’ Trump said. ‘I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.’ “This statement puts him at odds with the beliefs of people studying the matter. As University of Southern California homeland security scholar and former FBI agent, Erroll Southers has said, white supremacy is no longer a movement on the fringes but rather ‘is being globalized at a very rapid pace.’ This is happening within a larger trend. University of Maryland professor Gary LaFree, who established the Global Terrorism Database, has observed that, ‘We’re seeing terrorism affecting a larger number of countries.’”Read the complete article at “Why white supremacist attacks are on the rise, even in surprising places.”
CSUSB professor part of discussion about ‘Why white nationalist terrorism is a global threat’The EconomistMarch 21, 2019 An article examining the growing phenomenon of terrorism by white extremists in the aftermath of the March 15 attacks on two mosques in New Zealand included an interview with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “Mr. (Donald) Trump has played the role for American white nationalists that such leaders as Mr. (Viktor) Orban (Hungary’s prime minister) played for Europe’s, says Brian Levin, who heads the Centre for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. These groups, he says, saw their ideas, such as building a wall like Mr Orban’s, and banning or deporting Muslims, ‘getting into the mainstream tent.’ They took this as a ‘green light’ for violence. And he notes that, like the young on Europe’s extremist right, they have softened their image in the past decade. Shaved heads and combat boots have given way to army haircuts, polo shirts and corduroy jackets.” Read the complete article at “Why white nationalist terrorism is a global threat.”
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