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CSUSB professor claims that what political leaders say – or don’t say – matters
Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2022
A column by Mark Z. Barabak on the relative silence of Republican leaders when some GOP politicians express extremist views included a comment by Brian Levin, who heads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.
Levin recalled how just days after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush visited a mosque and spoke eloquently of his respect for Islam. The number of hate crimes against Muslims immediately fell.
Conversely, the divisive rhetoric from Trump and some of his more rabid followers coincided with a significant rise in hate crimes during his administration — nearly 20%, according to the FBI.
“What’s really important is leaders of all parties stand against bigotry and lawlessness,” Levin said. “It’s very simple. Make it consistent.... This shouldn’t be controversial.”
Read the complete article at “Column: Dealing with extremists, some Republican leaders find sorry is the hardest word.”
CSUSB professor comments on hate crimes one year after the Atlanta spa shootings
USA Today via MSN
March 4, 2022
When a man killed eight people last year at three spas in the Atlanta area, many in the community were quick to condemn the killings as clear acts of racism: Six women of Asian descent who worked in massage parlors were killed.
In 2020, hate crime reports in the United States spiked to their highest level in 12 years, and attacks against Asian Americans climbed from 161 in 2019 to 279 a year later, according to the most recent FBI data. Experts say the rapid rise in hate crimes was fueled by racist rhetoric about the COVID-19 pandemic, including from politicians like former President Donald Trump who blamed China for the spread of the coronavirus.
The federal data is likely an undercount because there are systemic barriers that prevent victims from reporting hate crimes and many of the country's 18,000 police departments either don't submit hate crime data or report zero incidents, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
Read the complete article at “One year after Atlanta spa shootings, 'prevention is the key' to fighting anti-Asian hate crimes.”
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