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CSUSB professor quoted about the surge of hate crimesNewsweekNov. 3, 2018The historic African Burial Ground Monument in New York was vandalized with a racist slur last Thursday. The defacement occurred on the same day that Brooklyn’s Union Temple was vandalized with the words “Die Jew Rats,” “Hitler,” and “Jews Better Be Ready.”Hate crimes have increased for four straight years in the country’s largest cities, according to research from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino.“Clearly these kinds of sustained increases over time in different jurisdictions says that we’ve entered a new place: We are an extraordinarily fragmented society across inter-group lines,” said Brian Levin, the director of the center. Read the complete article at 'Historic African Burial Ground National Monument in New York defaced with racist slur.'
CSUSB professor discusses right-wing extremismLaw & CrimeNov. 3, 2018Brian Levin is a former New York City police officer who currently leads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University’s San Bernardino campus.Levin says that U.S. law enforcement has essentially ignored the widespread and promised violence emanating from right-wing extremists over the past two years.“There was an unending stream of violent themed chatter and an almost choreographed exchange of web threats between antagonists across wide geographic expanses,” Levin told the NYT Magazine. “This is what public demonstration looks like in an era when white nationalism isn’t on the fringes, but on the inside of the political mainstream.”Levin offered a potential corrective for the increasing threat posed by right-wing violence in America: The problem is not that we rightly scrutinize violent Salafi extremism, but that we do so while materially ignoring domestic white nationalists and those on their fringes who also represent a violent threat.Levin said that he expects more attacks because of the political messaging coming from the White House.“What we need to worry about is the guy who is riled up by [the White House’s] rhetoric and decides to go out and do something on his own,” Levin said. “We have people who are ticking time bombs.”Read the complete article at 'Law Enforcement Experts: Right-Wing Extremists Should Be Treated Like ISIS.'
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