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CSUSB’s Michael Stull featured by Business Insights
Business Insights
July 30, 2020

The business news website featured Michael Stull, director of California State University, San Bernardino’s Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship in its video interview series, “Executive Profiles.” Stull shares in his thoughts on his leadership role as director and talks about how he grew IECE to a nationally recognized program and his plan for the future.

See the interview at “Think Like an Owner.”

CSUSB professor writes on ‘Your daily battle: You vs. the 24/7 slot machine in your hand’
Psychology Today
July 27, 2020

Anthony Silard, a CSUSB public administration professor and an award-winning scholar, author and international consultant, wrote an article for the website’s blog about the dopamine-fueling effects of the smartphone, and how people can free themselves of it.

One tip he offered: “Most importantly, ask yourself what you will replace your screen time with. While there is nothing wrong with checking a news site or returning a text, neither is there anything wrong with taking a long walk alone, spending in-person, unmediated time with someone you care about, meditating, or reading books that really make you think.”

Read the complete article at “Your daily battle: You vs. the 24/7 slot machine in your hand.”

Extremists are ‘hiding in plain sight, they're online,’ CSUSB professor says
ABC 10 Sacramento
July 28, 2020

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was quoted in a segment about a 27-year-old Orangevale man who has been identified by anti-fascist researchers as an alleged "Neo-Nazi" leader of an online hate group, according to a HuffPost investigation.

"Yesteryear's version of the homicidal racist killer wearing a Klan robe and hood is so 20th century," Levin said. "Today what we're looking at these kinds of dangerous folks, we're looking at the Nazi next door, they're hiding in plain sight, they're online."

Levin and HuffPost claim Casarez was hiding behind the online name "Vic Mackey," and was the alleged leader of an online hate group called "Bowl Patrol," which is named after Dylann Roof, the man convicted of killing nine people at a church in South Carolina.

Casarez was apparently known for his online posts about potential acts of violence on minorities and idolizing convicted killers like Roof.

"The combination of this is just too creepy for comfort," Levin said. "I think the Sacramento authorities did exactly the right thing, they may have very well prevented another ticking time bomb from committing an act of terrorism here in the United States."

No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made in this case, but the sheriff's office said both state and federal officials are now involved with the investigation.

Casarez couldn't be reached for comment.

Read the complete article at view the online video report at “'He was a nice guy, until you talked to him about anything he hated' | Orangevale man identified as alleged 'Neo-Nazi' leader.”

CSUSB professor quoted in article about man who is reportedly an online neo-Nazi movement leader

The Sacramento Bee

July 28, 2020

An Orangevale man who has reportedly led a secret online life as leader of a neo-Nazi movement that idolizes church shooter Dylann Roof is under investigation by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office in connection with racist graffiti and had a firearm seized earlier this month over fears that he might become a “lone wolf” attacker, court records say.

Andrew Richard Casarez, 27, has been under investigation since December ”regarding graffiti which appeared to be motivated by hate/race” and became the subject of an emergency gun violence protective order after an online website identified him as an online poster in white supremacy sites known as “Vic Mackey,” the purported leader of a group known as the “Bowl Patrol.”

“The ‘Bowl Patrol’ is an online group that endorses violence against minorities, they take their name from known domestic terrorist (Dylann) Roof who is known for killing 9 people at a prayer meeting in South Carolina,” according to a sheriff’s declaration filed in Sacramento Superior Court. “Roof is known in the white supremacists movement for having a ‘bowl cut haircut.’”

 One scholar who has studied hate crimes for decades said the online character of “Vic Mackey” has been “one of the main purveyors of a type of accelerationism hate that glorifies, in particular, Dylann Roof, and he also maintains that he was in contact with Bowers, the Tree of Life killer.”

“Accelerationism is a broad movement across ideologies that wants to destroy society,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “He happens to be an accelerationist nazi. They’re kind of like anarchists. They just want to burn everything down.”

Levin noted that his center had no independent information that Casarez was the individual posting as “Mackey,” but said white supremacists have in recent years moved online into hidden chat rooms rather than participate in Charlottesville-style rallies in the open where they can easily be identified.

“This is something we see routinely as antifacists and journalists expose Nazis living in plain sight,” Levin said. “In the past you used to go to a website, but now you go to smaller, more encrypted and more private platforms.

“A lot of the real action is taking place on these anonymous platforms where it’s really tough to see who the next terrorist is going to be because they’re not marching with swastika shields and racist signs.”

Read the complete article at “Orangevale man accused of leading online white supremacist group devoted to Dylann Roof.”

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