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Black History Month lineup at CSUSB
Precinct Reporter
Feb. 3, 2022

Students at Cal State San Bernardino will get a chance to witness a big piece of history this Black History Month as the campus virtually welcomes on Feb. 8 this year’s keynote speaker, the award-winning author and daughter of Malcolm X. Charles Gaylord, co-coordinator of the Black History Month events, said they are fortunate to present Ilyasah Shabazz, renowned scholar and co-chairperson of The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

Throughout February, faculty, staff and students will also be able to access a wide variety of programming and topics to choose from, from genealogy to conversations around intersectionality.

Annika Anderson, assistant professor of sociology and co-coordinator of the university’s Black History Month celebration, said the month’s events will examine the obstacles facing the community, and also provide perspective on getting to the next level of personal growth.

Talks around mental health and access to resources are critical now. Anderson said that although the stigma historically persists, there is much more to consider as it is coupled with the global pandemic.

“I’m particularly interested in that workshop to de-stigmatize the importance of getting mental health treatment. In that workshop, I’m looking forward to intersectionality and mental health, and also essential conversations with African American men,” she said.

Read the complete article at “Black History Month lineup at CSUSB.”

CSUSB professor discusses rash of bomb threats targeting HBCUs
BNC News
Feb. 2, 2022

Howard University, Jackson State, Kentucky State, Xavier were among the dozen historic Black colleges and universities that received bomb threats on Feb. 1, the start of Black History Month. These incidents add to a rapidly growing number of schools reporting threats in 2022 and a scary trend that leaves HBCU students and staff unnerved across the country. 

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, joined Aisha Mills on “AMplified” to discuss how hate plays a role in these threats and acts of extremism.

Watch the segment at “Can policy prevent threats of hate and violence at HBCUs?

CSUSB study: Los Angeles becomes hate crime capital of country
CBS Los Angeles
Feb. 1, 2022

According to a new study by Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, Los Angeles led the country with the most hate crimes reported to police. Nationwide, hate crimes were up 46% from 2020 to 2021.

Pat Harvey and Jeff Vaughn sat down with professor Brian Levin, director of the center, who conducted the study.

“The city of Los Angeles, had the highest number of hate crimes reported of any city in the United States this century in 2021,” Levin said. “And the second-most for this century, New York City in 2021. So we’re seeing significant increases of 70-plus percent here in Los Angeles, where anti-Black hate crime remain the most common.”

Part of the increase could be attributed to better reporting of hate crimes in Los Angeles. Levin credited the Los Angeles Police Department with having the “gold standard” in fighting hate crime. The department has a hate crime unit and a model policy that the center is pushing to get legislation to make it statewide, Levin said.

Watch the segment at “Los Angeles becomes hate crime capital of country.”

Los Angeles recorded 615 hate crimes in 2021, 71% more than previous year, a CSUSB study found
Feb. 3, 2022

Los Angeles recorded 615 hate crimes in 2021, more than New York, and a 71% increase over 2020, a study by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism found. Black residents were the most targeted.

Brian Levin, the center’s director says it’s part of a nationwide spike in hate crimes driven in part by reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic backlash, to the social justice movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death by a Minneapolis police officer, and the 2020 presidential election.

Also, hate crimes are reported in Los Angeles, unlike other jurisdictions. “We’re seeing better reporting efficiencies,” he said. “But we also seeing an increase (in hate crimes), and these increases are very disturbing.”

A final report will be completed in about a month.

Listen to the segment at “08:33 KPCC-FM (Radio).”

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