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CSUSB professor comments on wave of incidents fueled by hate
The Orange County Register/Southern California News Group/Bay Area News Group
May 22, 2022

Experts describe the current spike in the number of hate-driven conflicts – from events as big and horrific as mass killings such as in Buffalo, N.Y., to as personally intimidating as name-calling – as nothing short of a national crime wave.

“What happened in Laguna Woods is part of a bigger story right now,” said Brian Levin, who teaches criminal justice at Cal State San Bernardino and runs the independent Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

“It’s everywhere.”

The data does suggest one big shift from historic norms: a huge increase in violence aimed at Asian Americans. FBI data shows anti-Asian hate crimes nationally more than tripled over the past two years.

“It’s a lot to take in,” said Levin. “The numbers show the same kind of thing, if not always at the same level, all over the country.”

Read the complete article at “Laguna Woods church shooting adds to history of hate, but hope isn’t lost.”

In related coverage, the work of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism was cited in the following:

CSUSB center report mention in segment about recent hate crimes
KFMB TV San Diego

May 20, 2022

A report by Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, which analyzes FBI hate crime statistics, was cited in this segment about the recent shootings national and local authorities are investigating as hate crimes, which comes roughly one year after the federal COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act was signed into law. According to the center’s data, there was an 84 percent increase in hate crimes in San Diego in 2021 from the previous year.

Watch the segment at “16:31 KFMB-SD (CBS) - The Four.”

Southern Poverty Law Center cites CSUSB center’s work in article on COIVD-19 Hate Crimes Act
Southern Poverty Law Center

May 20, 2022

An article reviewing the year since President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, an effort to address hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) fueled by escalating anti-Asian rhetoric, included mention of an upcoming report by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism: “What is apparent on the act’s anniversary is that there is still much work ahead, if the latest data and analyses are any indication.

"Hate crimes against all Americans rose over 39% in 37 cities in 2021 over 2020. However, across 21 cities there was a 224% rise of hate crimes against victims of Asian descent during the same period, from 114 to 369. These figures were provided to the SPLC by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino from its forthcoming publication Report to the Nation, which analyzes FBI data.”

Read the complete article at “One year later: COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act a promising work in progress.”

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