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Part 5 of CSUSB professor’s series of columns focuses on a user’s guide to social distance 

Psychology Today 

July 19, 2021 

Anthony Silard, CSUSB associate professor of public administration, in the fifth installment of his series on “When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do,” wrote about how rejection is part and parcel of the process of developing stable relationships; is an essential step on your journey toward being accepted, appreciated and valued; and how you can learn to rethink rejection to develop stronger relationships in the future.

He wrote in his blog, “The Art of Living Free,” “Understanding how we hit the ground running as children will help us put social rejection into perspective for what it is: an indispensable step toward social acceptance.”

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

CSUSB professor comments on recent protests over transgender rights

Los Angeles Times

July 20, 2021

Brian Levin, director of the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, commented on recent protests at a spa in Westlake, which has become the latest hot spot for clashes between far-right groups and the left in L.A. over transgender rights.

He said the protests are indicative of a “democratization of hate” that has allowed far-right groups with a variety of ideologies to come together around flash-point events after they are amplified online and in conservative media.

“The lightning rod stuff that occurs on social media … then gets slung like a catapult by influencers, and then ends up as violence in the streets,” he said.

Read the complete article at “How far-right rage over transgender rights at an L.A. spa led to chaos in the streets.”

CSUSB professor comments on founder of the CSPOA

Florida Today

July 22, 2021

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, commented on Richard Mack, an Arizona lawman who founded the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA).

Levin, former NYPD officer, who has written police training curriculums, said that “Mack’s history with respect to the Oath Keepers or the (Bundy) conflict (in Nevada) make it an issue of significant public concern for the citizens of your county that a sheriff would be aligned with this subculture.”

Levin, a criminologist and civil rights attorney, also noted that Florida leading the nation in Capitol Riot arrests — at least 62 alleged participants from the Sunshine State have been charged so far — is an indication that the influence of the CSPOA among law enforcement officials and the message that that sends to extremists is real.

“The bottom line is no serious professional sheriff would have any kind of association with Richard Mack and his discredited, historical and legal theories,” Levin said, calling his ideology an “insurrectionist doctrine.”

Read the complete article at “‘Constitutional Sheriff’ Wayne Ivey says he’s a patriot. Others see something more menacing.”

The CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s latest research on hate crimes against Asian Americans was cited in the following:  

This campaign is funding a gay Asian man’s medical costs as he fights for his life


July 21, 2021

A GoFundMe campaign is raising money for a gay Asian man who is fighting for his life after allegedly suffering horrific violence.

The attack comes amidst a year in which reported incidents of violence against Asian-Americans has increased dramatically. According to a recent study from Cal State University San Bernardino, researchers identified 95 incidents of anti-Asian hate incidents in the first quarter of 2021. There were only 36 such reported incidents in the first quarter of 2020, which was already a historic high.

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