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CSUSB professor participates in analysis of Biden’s address to April 28 joint session of Congress
April 28, 2021

Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science and a contributor to the political news website FiveThirtyEight, joined staff editors, writers and other contributors during a live tweet session during President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress on April 28.

Conroy’s posts during the online conversation, with time stamps:

APR. 28, 10:04 PM
As Hakeem (Jefferson, assistant professor of political science, Stanford University) mentioned, it’s typical for presidents to play both sides about racial equality and supporting law enforcement in speeches like these. But as Perry (Bacon Jr., FiveThirtyEight staff writer) and I wrote last summer, Democrats are increasingly willing to acknowledge racial discrimination, including in policing. So Biden’s remarks today about these issues might be typical, but the Democratic Party has changed. I was surprised to see his rhetoric not match those changes.

APR. 28, 10:28 PM
I agree with Nathaniel (Rakich, FiveThirtyEight elections analyst) — this was a standard, meaty address to a joint session of Congress. Biden hit on early accomplishments and also didn’t give his opponents in conservative media too much ammunition (although it will be interesting to see how they cover this on Fox, Newsmax, etc).

APR. 28, 10:37 PM
(U.S. Sen. Tim) Scott
opened with the issue of school choice. There’s no question that this issue has gained steam because of the COVID-19 crisis. Although, like most issues, partisanship explained support for reopening schools during lockdowns, and the coronavirus crisis made issues around school choice more salient. So I think it’ll be an issue at the top of Republicans’ agenda for a while.

Read the complete transcript of the live tweet at “What went down during President Biden’s speech to Congress.”

CSUSB professor comments on economic impacts of sanctions on Iran
Press TV
April 29, 2021

David Yaghoubian appeared on the program “Economic Divide” to discuss the U.S. sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Iran over the 2015 multi-national nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which regulates Iran’s nuclear program.

Yaghoubian, who appears at about 16 minutes, 43 seconds into the program, was interviewed about the economic impact the sanctions have had on Iran, and why other countries did not invest in Iran. He said that the fear instilled by U.S. officials about a potential financial backlash that would have happened against nations whose businesses engaged with Iran after the signing of the JCPOA. He said it was “absolutely critical that all sanctions are lifted, not that they are categorized, and certainly those that were reimposed and/or re-labeled, are lifted.”

First quarter of 2021 sees increase of 169% in anti-Asian hate crimes, according to CSUSB report
Next Shark
April 29, 2021

Recent police data, compiled by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, have shown an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes for the first quarter of 2021 by up to 169%.

The data compiled all the police reports of anti-Asian hate crimes from 15 of the most populous cities in the U.S. during the first quarter, and compared it to the information gathered from the same period last year, according to NBC News.

“These preliminary data show that in those large cities with the longest history of collecting anti-Asian reports, there are elevated or increasing levels of hate crime extending well into 2021,” director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, Brian Levin, said. “We already have more hate crimes in the first quarter of 2021 in these cities than in all of pre-pandemic 2019. And in some, more than all of 2020.”

Read the complete article at “First quarter of 2021 sees increase of 169% in anti-Asian hate crimes, police data say.”

The CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s two reports this year on hate crimes against Asian Americans was cited in the following:     

Thanks to COVID-19 misinformation, crimes against Asians increased by 169% from 2020 to 2021
Daily Kos
April 29, 2021

As crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community increase nationwide, new data sheds light on the alarming surge. Hate crime data from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino found that hate crimes against Asian Americans surged in 2020 in at least 15 cities. As the cities were further reviewed, a new report indicated that crimes against Asian Americans rose by 169% when comparing the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, NBC News reported.  

The new data follows an initial report from March in which the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism found that hate crimes in the United States’ 16 largest cities decreased overall by 7% in 2020, but those targeting AAPI people rose by nearly 150%. Additionally, data released by Stop AAPI Hate around the same time found that almost 3,800 incidents of hate were reported over the last year during the pandemic.

A five-course dinner series to stop anti-Asian hate comes to NYC and SF
April 29, 2021

A poignant 2020 memory for many Asian Americans remains the first time we witnessed then-President Trump call the novel coronavirus the “Chinese virus.” At the time, the World Health Organization was cautioning everyone to avoid using the derogatory and misleading term, among others such as the “kung flu” and the “Wuhan virus.”

The former president’s words of hate spilled over into the real world, as the reported number of anti-Asian hate crimes skyrocketed into the thousands over the course of 2020. Among the places hit the hardest by these acts of racially motivated violence are multicultural hubs like New York City and San Francisco, with an analysis of police data by a center at the California State University at San Bernardino reporting the largest uptick in NYC.

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