Faculty in the News, Nov. 8

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NOTE: Faculty, if you are interviewed and quoted by news media, or if your work has been cited, and you have an online link to the article or video, please let us know. Contact us at news@csusb.edu.CSUSB professor discusses role of Southern Poverty Law Center and the definition of hateConnecticut PostNov. 8, 2018CSUSB Professor Brian Levin discusses the role of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and how “hate” is defined.For decades, the SPLC hate list was a golden seal of disapproval, considered nonpartisan enough to be heeded by government agencies, police departments, corporations and journalists. But in recent years, as the list has swept up an increasing number of conservative activists – mostly in the anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim categories – those conservatives have been fighting back.Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said he supports the Southern Poverty Law Center’s approach; indeed, he used to work there in the 1990s. But he cautioned: “How much high-fructose corn syrup do you have to put into something until it’s not juice anymore? How much bigotry do you have to put into a mainstream policy organization before it becomes a hate group?”“I think the Southern Poverty Law Center is a victim of its own success,” Levin continued. “The traditional violent hate groups that they’ve successfully sued have now yielded to a much more mottled landscape, where the defining line is more amorphous. We’re seeing a society that is changing with respect to” how it defines hate.Read the whole article at “Hate list gets pushback from conservatives.”With waves of violent political messaging, CSUSB professor expects more attacks from white nationalistsMSN News UKNov. 8, 2018Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed about white nationalism and the role of …

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