CSUSB professor comments in article about violence against the homeless

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The Guardian (U.K.) — Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, is interviewed for an article about violence against the homeless, in this case, two homeless men who were murdered in Las Vegas this year.

Levin believes these sorts of crimes are linked to derisive portrayals of homelessness in pop culture and viral videos such as “Bumfights,” in which homeless men are paid to brawl. “They’re attacked not just because of bias but because they’re vulnerable,” he said.

Such acts directed against homeless people are not uncommon, the newspaper reported. There were 27 fatal attacks on homeless individuals in 2015, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless, which also documented a total of 1,650 acts of violence against homeless individuals by housed perpetrators between 1999 and 2015, largely by men in their teens and 20s.

The article was published March 7, 2017.

Read the complete article at “Mannequin sting catches suspect in Las Vegas homeless murders.”

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