Cal State San Bernardino

Faculty Focus

  • Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, wrote a column focused on frequently asked questions on the state of hate in America, including its frequency, whether the Charleston, S.C., church shooting is a hate crime or act of terrorism, and who may end up prosecuting the accused shooter in the June 17 incident that left nine people dead. The article was published June 19, 2015. Read the complete article at "The state of hate in America."
    • Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was quoted in an article about the concern of the inland region's Muslim community over the federal Countering Violent Extremism initiative. Some inland Southern California religious leaders are worried about a federal initiative that aims to steer youths away from Islamic State and other terror groups because it focuses on Muslims, and could lead domestic spying on Muslims.
      Federal officials have characterized Countering Violent Extremism as a tool to reach out to Muslim groups through community events, mentoring and youth programs. They also say the broader goal is to prevent radicalization and identify potential extremists.
      "There is a popular notion that extremism in the Muslim community is much greater than actually exists. And that really is problematic, both tactically and morally," he said. "We are talking about a very small number of people." The article was published June 7, 2015.
      Read the complete article at "ANTI-TERROR: Inland Muslims wary of being targeted by federal initiative."

    • A new report released on June 24 indicated that more people were killed in the United States in terrorist attacks by far right wing extremists than by Salafist Jihadists, using that data as an indicator of future threats would be difficult, wrote Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.
      "However, it is also important to understand that the next attack does not necessarily come from who had more terrorist attacks before," Levin wrote. "The next terrorist attack will come from whoever is operational and undetected tomorrow and we simply do not know where in the ideological universe he or she is from, though there are some significant qualitative arguments that plausibly skew the current mass terror threat somewhat more to Salafist Jihadists." The article was published June 24, 2015.
      Read the complete article at "Be careful of retrospective data in assessing terror threat."
      See also an interview with Levin and Jim Cavanaugh, a retired federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms special agent, that was broadcast on MSNBC's "PoliticsNow" program.

    • Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, took a closer look at the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling on June 26 that said same-sex marriages are protected by the U.S. Constitution.
      The court's 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, mandates every state to legally sanction same sex marriage, including those from other states.
      "Justice Kennedy, who was President Reagan's third choice after two other nominations failed or withdrew, has become an important swing vote on the court on issues of civil liberties such as abortion rights and free speech," Levin wrote. "In particular, he has also emerged as the most prominent defender of gay rights since he assumed his position as associate justice in February 1988, after serving for twelve years on the West Coast's U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit." The article was published June 26, 2015.
      Read the original article here.

    • Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was quoted in an article on how hate crimes are reported, and why the numbers from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the federal National Crime Victimization Survey don't match.
      "There is a structural and institutional problem, which is that a lot of agencies aren't participating," Levin said. "For instance, states with the highest percentage of African-Americans are participating least in the program, but 31.3 percent of victims are African-American. They're the single largest group victimized." The article was published June 25, 2015.
      Read the original announcement here.
  • Manufacturing jobs in the Inland Empire saw an increase in the past year with a gain of 3,200 new jobs from April 2014 to April 2015, according to data from the California Employment Development Department. The figure marks an improvement over the five-year average for the region of about 1,500 manufacturing jobs.
    Tom Pierce, professor of economics at Cal State San Bernardino, said the manufacturing data suggest the gradual improving performance for the overall economy.
    "We're now six years into an expansion," Pierce said. "It's not a robust expansion, but it's very gradually sustaining itself, and so that probably has something to do with the improvement in employment manufacturing job growth this year, compared to the last several years." The original article was published May 31, 2015.
    Read the complete article at "Inland Empire manufacturing job numbers show improvement."
  • James V. Fenelon, Cal State San Bernardino sociology professor and director of the, Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies, reviewed three books about genocide and Native Americans and wrote an essay on his impression of them.
    "The question 'Was it Genocide?' does indeed haunt many in academia, and should haunt mainstream America, but among Native peoples, with few exceptions, the answer is a settled and resounding 'Yes,'" Fenelon wrote. "All three books discussed here cover two hundred years of United States Indian policies. Two of the three, referring to a half millennium of violent colonial conquest, deal explicitly with the troubling issue of genocide. The third, focused sharply on Wounded Knee, offers what I believe to be a detailed account of the character of a Native American genocide event, although I suspect its author would disagree."
    Read the complete article at "The Haunting Question of Genocide in the Americas."
  • Christina Villegas, CSUSB political science instructor interviewed on state senate passage of California Fair Pay Act Christina Villegas, a political science instructor at Cal State San Bernardino and a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, a Washington, D.C.,-based organization promoting free market policies, is one of three interviewed on a KPCC's "AirTalk" program on California Senate Bill 358, also known as the Fair Pay Act, which would ensure that women are paid equally as their male colleagues.
    The bill passed the Senate unanimously on May 26 and will head to the Assembly. Villegas comes on the program at about 7 minutes into the program. The interview was posted online on May 27, 2015. Listen to the online audio report at "How the nation's strongest equal pay bill got CA businesses' backing."
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