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A year after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, Cal State San Bernardino’s recurring “Conversations on Race and Policing” series reflected on the protests that defined last summer, the lasting impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and what role police have in everyday life.
The latest installment in the virtual series launched by CSUSB students and faculty in the aftermath of Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, featured guest speakers Shea Streeter, an assistant professor in political science at the University of Michigan, and CSUSB professor of criminal justice Brian Levin.
Kimberly Cousins, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the John M. Pfau Endowed Professor for 2020-21, was one of the professors and experts from several universities and companies who shared their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading.
An excerpt: “Get some experience: research or internship while an undergraduate, or working at a chemical "temp agency" upon graduating-network: set up a professional LinkedIn page. Attend campus job fairs and networking events, including local section meetings of the American Chemical Society. Send out lots of resumes. Work with the career center or a mentor to tailor your resume. Be persistent.”
Increase in anti-Asian hate incidents not likely to drop anytime soon, CSUSB professor says
The Washington Times
May 28, 2021
Reports of physical attacks and harassment of Asian Americans show no signs of slowing down, despite rapidly subsiding fears about the COVID-19 pandemic that pundits identified as a root cause of an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.
Experts say the number of incidents isn’t likely to go down anytime soon. It may never go back to pre-pandemic levels.
“The decline always takes longer than the uptick,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. The center tracks data kept by law enforcement agencies around the country about reported hate crimes.
Levin worried that while the number of incidents might come down, some level of hate crime activity will continue because the anti-Asian sentiment won’t simply go away overnight, particularly among those who would attack or shout insults at people based on ethnicity.
According to data compiled by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, hate crimes reported to law enforcement agencies in 24 major municipalities and counties in the first three months of this year increased 190% — or by nearly four times — compared to the same period in 2020.
Read the complete article at “Anti-Asian hate incidents rising despite Trump's absence, waning COVID-19 fears.”
The CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s latest research on hate crimes against Asian Americans was cited in the following:
Earlier this AAPI Heritage Month, the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino released a study of 16 jurisdictions across the country, which found a 164% increase in reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the first quarter of 2021, compared with the first quarter of 2020. New York City saw the most significant increase at 223%, while San Francisco saw a 140% percent increase.
At this time of increased violence targeting Asian people and especially Asian women, Asian-American celebrities from actor and forthcoming Marvel superhero Simu Liu, to former NBA star Jeremy Lin, have become some of the most visible figures condemning anti-Asian violence. Seeing their faces, and other prominent Asian actors and celebrities, appear on television screens and social media feeds across the country has brought comfort, relief, and the reassuring feeling of being seen to many Asian Americans, who have often felt erased by American media.
'I don't want to be here.' | Louisville family plans move after targeted with anti-Asian hate
WHAS 11 Louisville, Ky.
May 26, 2021
A segment about a Louisville, Ky., family whose home was vandalized with anti-Asian graffiti included CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s latest report on hate crimes targeting Asian Americans: “Around the country, police data shows anti-Asian hate crime is spiking. Research by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism shows hate crime has risen more than 190% in cities nationwide during the first part of this year compared to the same period last year.”
Biden to establish White House initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders
Spectrum 1 Los Angeles
May 28, 2021
President Biden on Friday will sign an executive order to reinstate a White House initiative tasked with advancing “equity, justice and opportunity” for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
The initiative will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House said, and will seek to mitigate anti-Asian bias erroneously linked to the pandemic. It will also work to advance health care and recovery in the AA and NHPI communities, as these groups work to recover both from the coronavirus pandemic as well as a sharp uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes. Such crimes increased by nearly 150% in the year 2020, according to an analysis from the California State University at San Bernardino.
Addressing 'Asian Hate': Alabama activist speaks on spike in violence against AAPI community
WZDX TV Huntsville, Ala.
May 27, 2021
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and celebrating this year brings a new layer of importance. We’ve seen a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country in 2021.
A study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State University San Bernardino shows reported hate crimes against Asians are up 164 percent in 16 of the biggest cities and counties in America since this time last year.
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