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CSUSB professor writes on ‘Why being “anti-media” is now part of the GOP identity’
April 5, 2021

Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science, wrote, “There’s little question that the media is one of the least trusted institutions in Republican circles.

“In the past two decades, trust in traditional media has plummeted — especially among Republicans. According to polling from Gallup, since at least the late 1990s, Republicans have been less likely than Democrats (and independents) to say they trust the media. But starting in 2015, trust among Republicans took a nosedive, falling from 32 percent to 10 percent in 2020. (Meanwhile, among Democrats, trust in the media has actually climbed back up, and by quite a bit.)”

Read the complete article at “Why being ‘anti-media’ is now part of the GOP identity.”

CSUSB professor discusses latest developments regarding the multi-national agreement regulating Iran’s nuclear program
Press TV
April 3, 2021

David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment about Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi statements regarding U.S. participation in an upcoming session of the JCPOA Joint Commission. Both said the U.S. will not be a party to the meeting.

The Trump Administration pulled the U.S. out of the JCPOA -- as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the multi-national agreement to regulate Iran’s nuclear development program, is known, in May 2018 -- saying it wanted a stronger deal, and imposed economic sanctions on Iran to get it to the negotiation table. The election of President Joe Biden signaled that the U.S. may want to re-enter the agreement, but the sanctions remain a major hurdle.

Yaghoubian commented on the stalemate. “Unfortunately, the U.S. government remains agreement incapable,” he said. “The U.S. government is currently, in my view, completely dysfunctional. American political elites have not gotten over the psychological barrier to understanding that the decades of American imperial growth and global control in the wake of the decline of the Soviet Union have basically come to an end.”

Watch the full segment at “Iran to hold no talks with US before lifting of sanctions: Source tells Press TV.”

CSUSB professor interviewed for column on disrupting race-based patterns that lead to hate crimes
The Philadelphia Inquirer
April 5, 2021

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for an opinion column by Elizabeth Wellington about disrupting the pattern of race-based hate incidents.

“It’s the small things that we think and do every day that are destructive and get us to this place,” Levin said.

Earlier in the article, Ellington wrote, “Those who study hate are predicting that hate crimes against Asian American Pacific Islanders will, unfortunately, continue to rise. And as Philadelphia and national officials relax COVID-19 restrictions, additional hate crimes will likely pick up steam, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of of Hate and Extremism at California State University. We’ve had a year filled with economic hardship and death, Levin said. People are angry. We’ve all been isolated so our discontent has grown out of control. People are looking for scapegoats. And gun sales, although they dipped in February, still remain at record highs.

“‘I would say that intergroup violence, of which hate crime categories are a part of, will likely increase as people start going into densely populated areas,’ Levin said. ‘You can’t punch someone [from across the street].’”

Read the complete article at “Race-based hate is out there, but it’s inside of us, too. Here is how to disrupt the pattern.”

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San Gabriel Valley officials, residents rise up against anti-Asian hate at El Monte march  
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
April 4, 2021

Rising up against a frightening recent wave of hatred aimed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a crowd of more than 200 people marched in El Monte on Saturday evening, April 3, to urge people to be aware of the trend and to alert law enforcement when they witness incidents. …

Anti-Asian hate crime in the 16 largest cities in the country jumped by 149% in 2020, according to an analysis of preliminary police data by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.


Massachusetts leaders push for hate crime overhaul  
Boston Globe
April 3, 2021

In the wake of brutal attacks on Asian Americans in New York and Georgia, Massachusetts leaders are pushing to strengthen the state’s hate crime laws.

bill filed in February to clarify and fortify Massachusetts’ existing law is gathering support on Beacon Hill as state and federal leaders weigh policy changes aimed at stemming hate-fueled violence. …

The past year has marked a frightening rise in bias-motivated attacks. The group Stop AAPI Hate tallied almost 3,800 incidents of anti-Asian hate from March 2020 to March 2021. The number of anti-Asian hate crimes in Boston more than doubled from 2019 to 2020, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino.


Governors issue statement on anti-Asian hate
Rafu Shimpo (Los Angeles)
April 3, 2021

Twenty-six governors released a joint statement March 26 on the rise in anti-Asian hate. The statement was signed by 23 Democratic governors, joined by the Republican governors of Maryland and Massachusetts and the governor of the territory of Guam. The statement cited research by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism: “In the past year, the use of anti-Asian rhetoric during the pandemic has resulted in Asian Americans being harassed, assaulted, and scapegoated for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino released findings in early March that showed hate crimes against Asian Americans spiked 149% from 2019 to 2020, even while hate crimes fell overall.”


Oxnard’s city manager speaks out on racism
Ventura County Star
April 4, 2021

A proposed Oxnard City Council resolution condemning racism against Asians and Pacific Islanders drew several supportive comments from the public last week, but none as impassioned and painfully personal as those from its own city manager, Alex Nguyen. …

In an analysis of police data in 16 major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, found a total of 120 anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020 — a 145% increase from 49 in 2019.


Merced residents hold Unity Rally to stand with Asian Americans against hate crimes  
Merced Sun-Star
April 3, 2021

An ethnically diverse crowd of more than 100 people gathered at the Merced Civic Center on Saturday afternoon for a unity rally to stand against racism and recent hate crimes against Asian Americans nationwide. …

According to a fact sheet done by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino, in San Francisco hate crimes skyrocketed by 50 percent and in San Jose by 150 percent, with an overall staggering 145% rise in hate crimes across the nation’s largest cities.


Steph Curry calls custom shoes his 'very small way' to stop Asian hate
NBC Sports via Yahoo! Sports
April 4, 2021

Steph Curry's shoes sent a message Sunday night. Nineteen days after eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were shot and killed at three spas in the Atlanta area, Curry wore a custom pair of Curry 8s in the Warriors' road game against the Atlanta Hawks. The shoes, bearing the likenesses of iconic martial artist Bruce Lee and his family, will be auctioned off by the Bruce Lee Foundation. The foundation aims to share the proceeds to the families of the eight victims killed on March 16.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, anti-Asian violence has increased across the country since 2020. Researchers at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino determined that anti-Asian hate crimes increased 150 percent in the United States' 16 largest cities. 


Asian American-owned North Carolina business vandalized   
KTLA Los Angeles
April 3, 2021

A segment on an Asian American-owned convenience store in North Carolina that was vandalized included mention of the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s recent report that hate crimes against Asian Americans increased about 150% in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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