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CSUSB professor comments on increase of anti-Latino sentiment in the U.S.
The Guardian (UK)
Oct. 7, 2019
For many Latinos across the US, the August violence in El Paso, wrought by a gunman who intended to shoot “as many Mexicans as possible”, marked a day they long feared would come. The killings came less than a week after a gunman, who had previously complained about “hordes of mestizos”, shot three people at a food festival in Gilroy, California.
And they followed years of belligerent rhetoric by Donald Trump, who launched his presidential campaign in 2015 by calling Mexicans rapists and has directed his administration to crack down on undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers.
Hate crimes are up across the United States, said Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, rising steadily since 2016. Crimes targeting Latinos have increased nearly 80% in California since 2016. In 2018, nearly four out of ten Latinos in the US said they had experienced discrimination in the last year.
“The more that negative stereotypes are accessible and the more that they’re amplified by peer groups or leaders, it’s not unexpected they’ll be acted on,” Levin said.
Read the complete article at “‘It's worse than ever’: How Latinos are changing their lives in Trump's America.”

Extremists heading to smaller, encrypted online platforms to communicate, CSUSB professor says
Vice News
Oct. 7, 2019
Exiled from mainstream social media and adrift since 8chan was taken offline earlier this summer, violent right-wing extremists taking a page out of the ISIS playbook by flocking to the encrypted messaging app Telegram, the news website reported. There, white nationalists are building international bridges, spreading propaganda, and encouraging lone-wolf attacks around the world.
“For the most hardened rank and file extremists, there is a definitive shift toward encrypted or smaller platforms where the messaging is both more vile and violent,” said Brian Levin, who leads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
Read the complete article at “How Telegram became white nationalists’ go-to messaging platform.” 

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