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CSUSB professor comments on bombing of El Monte church where pastor calls for violence against LGBTQ community

Los Angeles Daily News

March 31, 2021

The FBI on Wednesday offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two individuals suspected of using a homemade explosive to bomb the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, which has drawn criticism for its extremist anti-LGBTQ views.

Pastor Bruce Mejia’s calls for violence against LGBTQ people are notable given the continued string of violent crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual individuals, along with a 2020 that saw a record number of transgender homicides, Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino said following the attack, also adding that bombs and spray paint should not be used to combat prejudice.

Read the whole article at "FBI offers $25,000 reward in El Monte church bombing." 

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s latest report on anti-Asian American hate crimes was also cited in the following:  

Beaten Asian woman’s friend surprise she ‘got up’ after attack outside New York building


March 30, 2021

The family friend of a woman who was attacked outside a building in midtown Manhattan said she was surprised the victim was able to get up after her attacker kicked her to the ground.

The number of anti-Asian attacks in the U.S. has increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report released earlier this month by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, the number of anti-Asian hate crimes reported in the 16 largest cities in the U.S. increased by 149 percent last year.

The report said the increase began last spring “amidst a rise in COVID cases and negative stereotyping of Asians relating to the pandemic.”


CSUSB center cited in Fox news segment about speech made by Asian American veteran (segment starts at 13:15)

KSWB-SD (FOX) – Fox 5 News 

March 30, 2021

Lee Wong, Asian American veteran and elected official in Ohio, delivered a strong speech on Asian American hate in America. Anti-Asian hate crimes are up about 150% during the pandemic according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.


‘We want peace’: Asian Staten Islanders honor lives lost to hate crimes

Marietta Daily Journal

March 31, 2021

That's how about 70 community members at Snug Harbor Tuesday night decided to honor the lives of those who died at the hands of hatred in a recent spike of hate crimes targeting Asians in the United States.

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino found a 150% increase in hate crimes against Asians in 2020 in California and New York.


Asian American executives at DoorDash, YouTube, Facebook donated $10 million to support the AAPI community

Business Insider

March 31, 2021

Chief executives and other powerful Asian American Pacific Islander business executives have donated $10 million to groups reporting on hate crimes and supporting the AAPI community.

Asian-American hate crimes in 16 US cities increased 149% in 2020, according to an analysis of police data by researchers at California State University in San Bernardino. The United Nations found Trump and other Republicans' use of "Chinese virus" and "Kung flu" to discuss COVID-19 might have prompted the uptick in xenophobia.


Liberal New York City leads rise in anti-Asian hate crimes


March 31, 2021

A recent report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSUSB found that, of America’s 16 largest cities, New York had the highest number anti-Asian hate crimes reported to police in 2020, and also the largest annual increase by far.

There were 28 recorded last year in New York City as the pandemic and anger at China inflamed racist hatred towards Asians, an 833 percent rise from 2019. By comparison, the overall rise in anti-Asian hate crime for the 16 cities was 145 percent.


NYC’s Vietnamese community wary after anti-Asian incidents

VOA News

Mach 31, 2021

New York accounted for the largest surge from three hate crimes targeting Asians in 2019 to 28 in 2020, an 833% increase, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino. While hate crimes decreased overall by 7% last year, those targeting Asian people rose by nearly 150%.

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