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‘Our role in a friendship is not to demand a certain amount of social distance,’ CSUSB professor writes
Psychology Today
June 28, 2021

In the second installment of a seven-part series of columns, Anthony Silard, CSUSB associate professor of public administration, wrote about some of the lessons learned when we want to be closer to our friends than they do.

He wrote in his blog, “The Art of Living Free”: “Our role in a friendship is not to demand a certain social distance; instead, it is merely to welcome with love and compassion and warmth and acceptance those who step onto our stage. There are some friends who need to leave our stage for a while or even forever. We can choose to appreciate the time during which they were in our lives.”

Read the complete article at “When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part Two.”

Article by CSUSB professor on single-district elections cited in opinion column
June 29, 2021

A column by political writer Kerry Drake on how Wyoming elects its legislature cited a Jan. 29, 2020, article by Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science, and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight senior writer, on how single-member district elections affect the number of women picked to serve.

Drake wrote: “The way most states elect legislative candidates isn’t very good for women, according to a January 2020 article on political website FiveThirtyEight.

“‘There’s a host of research suggesting that in multi-member districts, more women might be encouraged to run and more women might win,’ wrote Meredith Conroy and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux. ‘For a country that still elects three times more men than women to state legislatures, multi-member districts might be a simple trick to help balance the scales — if only it weren’t going out of style.’”

Read the article at “Back to the future: Could Wyo revive multi-member districts?

‘Guardrails have come off’ in what is acceptable in political discourse, CSUSB professor says
The Washington Post
June 30, 2021

Brian Levin, a professor at California State University at San Bernardino who studies extremism, was interviewed for an article about politicians equating their anti-vaccine rhetoric with the Holocaust.

“Fear sells politically. And the guardrails have come off with respect to what is acceptable for elected officials’ political discourse,” said Levin.

“There are no guardrails now with respect to offense, ignorance and downright stupidity,” he said.

Read the complete article at “Wearing a Star of David, another lawmaker compares coronavirus measures to the Holocaust.”

State attorney general’s guidance for law enforcement on hate crimes a first step, says CSUSB professor
Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2021

Brian Levin, director of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, commented on guidance from the state Attorney General to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors on how to investigate and build hate crime cases in an article about the state’s latest hate crime report.

Levin said the guides were “first steps” for California to take a leadership role in responding to hate crimes.

“When it’s uniform, it helps ensure that cases that have important evidence will not slip through the cracks,” Levin said.

Levin led a study that examined police data from 16 jurisdictions across the country, finding a 164% increase in reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the same period last year.

Read the complete article at “Hate crimes against Asians jumped 107% in California in ‘an epidemic of hate.’”

While Long Beach does a good job of tracking hate crimes, CSUSB professor says concerns of underreporting incidents persist
Long Beach Post
June 30, 2021

Hate crimes in California surged 31% in 2020, fueled mainly by a big jump in crimes targeting Black people during a year that saw the worst racial strife in decades, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the state’s attorney general. Long Beach, however, bucked that trend, with 18 hate crimes reported in 2020, down from 23 in 2019—the city’s highest number in more than a decade.

Long Beach’s record of tracking hate crimes is actually better than some other large cities, Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, previously told The Post. However, he said, there’s a perennial concern about underreporting, particularly in immigrant communities that may have a language barrier or stigma about reporting incidents.

Read the complete article at “Hate crimes surge in California but decline in Long Beach.”   


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Language, AAPI cultures become barriers to seeking mental health care
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 1, 2021

The stresses of the past year have put a strain on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In 2020, anti-Asian hate crimes reported to police rose by about 150% in 16 of America’s largest cities, according to data from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. For some, the Atlanta-area spa shootings in March were a turning point that caused them to seek mental health support. But a variety of language and cultural barriers, along with simple supply and demand, have prevented many of them from getting the help they need.


Hate crimes increase throughout California and OC, according to new state report
Voice of OC
June 30, 2021

Reported hate crime events are at their highest levels in California in more than a decade, according to a new report from state Attorney General Rob Bonta. Their 2020 Annual Hate Crime in California Report released Wednesday shows hate crime events increased 31% in the past year, jumping from 1,015 in 2019 to 1,330 in 2020.

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Community have also experienced a surge of hate against them in the past year in the state. A special report from the attorney general shows a 107% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes jumping from 43 in 2019 to 89 in 2020 and 125% increase in violent hate crimes against the community.

In 16 cities across the country, reported hate crimes against Asian Americans have gone up by 164% when comparing the first three months of 2020 to the first three months of 2021, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.


Inequality and hate crimes against Asian Americans could wipe out $700 billion from the US economy
Business Insider
June 30, 2021

Asian business owners in the US are facing two crises today: They're experiencing a surge in hate crimes, verbal abuse, and vandalism while battling the personally and financially devastating effects of the pandemic. The dual disasters are hindering the community's recovery — an integral piece of the US economy. 

Asian American-owned businesses generate $700 billion in annual GDP (between 3 and 4% of the US GDP) and employ about 3.5 million people, or 2% of the US workforce, according to an August study by the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. Despite holding a good chunk of the economy, businesses owned by Asian Americans received only $7.7 billion this year from the federal government's 2021 $277 billion Paycheck Protection Program aimed at helping small businesses through the pandemic.

Hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the nation's 16 largest cities jumped 145% between 2019 and 2020, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. 


'No one comes to our aid': Olivia Munn speaks out about challenges Asian women face in special
USA Today
June 28, 2021

Olivia Munn is opening up about the mistreatment of Asian women in a new YouTube special. 

"Recipe for Change," premiering Wednesday on the Jubilee YouTube channel, brings together celebrities, chefs, activists and allies to pay tribute to Asian and Pacific Islander culture and discuss the challenges faced by the community, including an uptick in acts of violence. The special is produced by LeBron James' SpringHill Company.

Reports of anti-Asian hate crimes to police in 16 major cities rose more than 164% in the first three months of 2021, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

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