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CSUSB professor comments on hate crimes directed toward Asian Americans

The Boston Globe

April 17, 2021

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino has been tracking decades of hate crime data. These acts tend to be vastly underreported, especially among Asian Americans, said the center’s director, Brian Levin.

“This data does not reflect by any means the cumulative impact of actual hate crimes directed against Asian Americans,” said Levin, a professor of criminal justice. “What it is effective at is showing the trends, locations, targeting, and timing.”

Levin has found that Boston, New York, and Los Angeles are often a bellwether for hate crime for the rest of the country. What is troubling about the current climate of anti-Asian bias crimes — beyond an overall increase — is that the cases have been more violent.

Read the whole article at “Elderly Asian Americans are living in fear as assaults, confrontations soar. A retiree worries: ‘If people beat me, I can die right away.’”

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