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Column: California takes the lead on hate. That’s a good thing. Someone has to.
Los Angeles Times
Nov. 25, 2022
Columnist Anita Chabria wrote on California’ efforts to combat hate, and mentions Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, who was recently appointed the Commission on the State of Hate.
Levin has spent a lifetime tracking hate crimes, including those aimed at the LGBTQ+ community. What he sees is alarming.
Anti-gay hate crimes were up 51% in major U.S. cities in 2021 compared with the previous year — and they rose 48% in California. Los Angeles has seen a 59% rise in anti-transgender crimes so far in 2022, according to Levin, from 17 reported incidents last year to 27 this year.
Levin points out that for the most part, the open discussion of hate was frowned upon by larger society, leaving those with extreme views on the far outskirts of acceptability. Maybe we’d ignore Uncle Joe’s casual racism at the dinner table, but fascism in broad daylight was a different kind of line (though it shouldn’t be).
Brian Levin, professor of criminal justice at California State University, San Bernardino, was one the experts interviewed about the Colorado Springs shooting suspect identifying as non-binary, and how that may affect the case in regard to hate crime allegations.
Identifying as non-binary won't protect them from the possibility of being formally charged with hate crimes on top of the impending murder charges, legal experts told Insider.
"It's certainly something that the defense would try to use, but it's not in and of itself a bar from hate crime charges depending on what the other evidence is," Levin told Insider.
The Spirit of the Entrepreneur gala, held at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside on Nov. 17, was created to recognize the accomplishments and resilience of local entrepreneurs who have strived to make a difference in the Inland Empire by building businesses into major contributors to the region’s economy.
“Over the last 20 years, the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards has grown to become the premier business event of the Inland Empire region,” said Mike Stull, director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at Cal State San Bernardino. “Looking back through our history, I am inspired by all the distinctive entrepreneurs the event has highlighted, and our 2022 event continued that tradition with some incredible stories of entrepreneurial success.”
Stull, a professor of entrepreneurship and director of the CSUSB School of Entrepreneurship, came up with the idea for the awards shortly after becoming the center’s director, when he discovered students in the CSUSB entrepreneurship program couldn’t name any local entrepreneurial role models.
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