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CSUSB economics associate professor explains Inland Empire’s high inflation


Oct. 27, 2021

Daniel MacDonald, Cal State San Bernardino associate professor and chair of the Department of Economics, was interviewed for a segment about the region’s high inflation rate, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor says is the highest in the nation. “About 90% of the inflation that we saw in the recent numbers come from just these two categories, transportation, and housing,” said MacDonald.

Transportation saw a 21.6% increase and 5.7% for housing. MacDonald added, “So it is a problem, but it’s a problem that’s concentrated in just a couple areas of the economy, and not necessarily a widespread phenomenon that’s affecting literally everything you buy.”

Listen to the segment at "Inland Empire experiencing the highest inflation in the U.S."

CSUSB sociology professor discusses Riverside teacher who mocked Native Americans

Native America Calling

Oct. 26, 2021

James Fenelon (Dakota and Lakota, Gaelic Irish and Norsk), Lang visiting professor for Social Change at Swarthmore College, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at California State University, San Bernardino, was a guest on A Native America Calling radio program, where they discussed the story of the California teacher in Riverside, who was captured on video mimicking Native Americans and resorting to offensive Native stereotypes in her classroom.

“It was pretty indicative of what we call ‘systemic racism,’” said Fenelon. “The key issue is when she takes out the little plastic feathers and the headband – that had to be a conscious act of preparation, that had to be done ahead of time. And when she does that, it’s no longer just an individual. So, she’s reflecting things that are deep in the American psyche.”

Joining Fenelon on the program were Mary Bowman (Lakota), a NACA Inspired Schools Network fellow at NDN Collective in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Levi Rickert, Native News Online editor who published the op-ed “Memo to Teachers: It’s Not Okay to Play Indian or Dress Like One.”

Listen to the whole program at "Effective solutions to ending stereotypical displays." 


CSUSB political science associate professor quoted about Twitter and Democrats

The Washington Post

Oct. 26, 2021

Meredith Conroy, an associate professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino, was quoted in the opinion piece “How Twitter became the media of America’s left,” which claims that in some ways Twitter isn’t just a media platform for those on the political left, but the media platform for the most progressive Democrats.

Because so many journalists are on Twitter, left-wing ideas that start there quickly find their way into mainstream media. With Twitter, “issues and concerns of younger and more left-leaning Democrats that used to be relegated have a better chance at being elevated,” Conroy said.

Read the whole op-ed at "Opinion: How Twitter became the media of America's left."

CSUSB criminal justice professor interviewed about man who was arrested for his involvement in Capitol riots


Oct. 26, 2021

Kim Sorgente of Huntington Beach helped rioters during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection fight officers in tunnels for two hours. He was arrested Monday and charged with obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, knowingly entering a restricted building without legal authority, and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restrictive building.

“The big range of offenders here, this guy looks like he’s on the upper-middle range,” said Brian Levin, criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. “One of the things we know is that crowds can offer anonymity, or at least the feeling of it.”

Watch the whole segment at KCBS-LA(segment starts around 23:04)

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