CSUSB professor explains complexities in classifying hate and terrorism incidents

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The Guardian (U.K.) — An article written in the aftermath of the fatal Fresno shootings on April 18 quoted Brian Levin, Cal State San Bernardino criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

There has been a recent increase in hate crimes in the U.S., including a jump in homicides, according to Levin. The Fresno shooting, he said, appeared to follow the pattern of lone shooters motivated by racial antipathy, such as the white supremacists who targeted a Sikh temple, Dylann Roof killing nine black church members and Micah Johnson shooting police officers in Dallas.

“The ways these things are reported, it’s as if there’s some kind of a James Bond enemy factory that creates these mechanized people,” said Levin. Instead, it’s typically a “boiling cauldron of mental illness and amplified anger that is then directed oftentimes by an amalgam of symbols and ideologies.”

The article was published April 19, 2017.

Read the complete article at “Fresno shooting decried as anti-white hate crime, but truth is complicated.”

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