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Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and professor of criminal justice at California State University, San Bernardino, was one of the guests on the KPCC program “Air Talk” to discuss two reports recently released that showed violent hate crimes increased to a ten-year high in Los Angeles County and hate crimes continued to increase in Orange County.
Noting that the last set of data was from 2018, Levin said, “That year, we really did not see the level of violence that we’re seeing in L.A. and Orange County. … In 2018, that was the most violent year nationally for hate crimes that we’ve seen since 2002.”
The reports show a “disturbing proportion … of the more physical attacks here in Southern California,” Levin said.
Listen to the discussion at “Violence and hate crimes are on the rise in Los Angeles and Orange counties, data shows.”
GEN, a political news website on Medium, spoke with Brian Levin, the director of the California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, about the prospect of civil unrest, voter intimidation at the polls during the Nov. 3 election, and President Donald Trump’s role in encouraging right-wing violence.
“We’re very concerned about the targeting of campaigns — candidates, supporters, canvassers, polling sites. We think a lot of stuff is going to be low-grade,” Levin said.
“Nevertheless, we’re still concerned about the possibility of greater violence, as well as sustained violence. One thing we know about extremism is that it often responds to events that are taking place in the mainstream news cycle or politics. So, in other words, if a group sees another group as being a threat, they’ll respond to that group. Or if an extremist group sees their mainstream anchors or their mainstream conduits losing power or eroding, they may act like cornered animals, and be more violent. So there’s a seasonality to this violence. And what we are concerned about is that the escalation can possibly occur before the election.”
Read the complete article at “How experts are preparing for disruption at the polls.”
Trump may bring his supporters to the streets to influence Nov. 3 election, CSUSB professor says
Mehr News Agency (Iran)
Oct. 26. 2020
A U.S. academic believes the President Donald Trump may bring his supporters to the streets to influence the election outcome.
"Trump very well may succeed in bringing his supporters to the streets to engage in protest and potentially violence, but this will only be effective if the electoral college count is close, such as in 2000," David Yaghoubian, a professor of history at California State University, San Bernardino, told Mehr News Agency in an exclusive interview on Monday.
“The Trump regime will use any legal means and especially gray areas within the Constitution to ultimately emerge victorious,” he also highlighted.
Read the complete article at “Trump may very well provoke supporters to street violence.”
Anxiety need not lead to depression, CSUSB professor writes
Oct. 26, 2020
Anthony Silard, a CSUSB public administration professor, wrote that anxiety doesn’t need to lead to depression. The article was published in the blog, “The Art of Living Free.”
“During this pandemic, we must accept that we cannot change what has already transpired (e.g., the past trajectory of the virus and the poor responses to it by many governments),” Silard wrote. “On numerous levels—economic, political, social, psychological, physical (health)—we can now transform anxiety into acceptance (of what has already occurred), ambition (to bring about the better world we know is possible) and action (to make it happen, starting today).”
Read the complete article at “How to be anxious without becoming depressed.”
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