Jewish Professor Who Defended Klukkers from Harm Finds Hating is Way Up
Levin shielding a Klansman from getting beat up even more
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The Cal State San Bernardino professor at the center of this Mexican-in-Chief story—"Meet the Jew Who Shielded KKK From Even Bigger Beatdown During Anaheim Protest"—has crunched the data and discovered hate crime reports in California are up more than double the national average.
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, attended a counter-protest to a Ku Klux Klan rally at an Anaheim park in February because he's been tracking the organizers—the Loyal White Knights of the KKK—for years.
Levin, who is Jewish, grabbed the attention of Gustavo Arellano because: A) El Jefe profiled the professor for our annual People issue seven years ago;
Brian Levin at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
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... and, B) After a group of protesters in Anaheim's Pearson Park beat and stabbed KKK members, Levin helped prevent an even-worse beatdown for them.
His center's "Special Status Report: Hate Crime in the United States" found there was an 87.5 percent increase in hate crimes reported against Muslims after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump proposed banning people of the Islamic faith from entering the country.
Here is the overview summary:
A new multi-state national compilation of official hate crime data across twenty states found incidents overall increased by 5.03% in 2015. Hate crimes against Muslims, however, surged 78% to a total of 196 reported incidents last year. These are levels not surpassed since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and come at a time of heightened prejudice, recurring terrorism and polarized politics. Projections for anti-Muslim hate crimes for the entire nation for 2015 are at 260 incidents, a 68.9% annual increase, but caution must be exercised regarding estimates. The proportion of Muslims targeted in all hate crime also rose dramatically to 4.51%.
The newer data categories of anti-Arab and Anti-Gender/Transgender also increased substantially, 219% and 40% respectively; but some of this increase may arise from improved reporting. Tabulations for larger categories were relatively stable with annual variances within a range of about plus or minus five percent or less. Muslims, Jews, African-Americans, and LGBT people continue to experience hate crime far in excess of their proportion of the population, while anti-Latino incidents remained stable. This new analysis of hate crimes from official government data complied by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, includes four of the five most populous U.S. states and represents 53.5% of the nation’s population. Additional data also revealed a severe increase in hate crime homicides in 2015 to at least 14, a level not seen in well over a decade, as fatal armed attacks by lone-wolf extremists become more deadly, both in total numbers and proportionately. Lastly, our analysis of daily data following terrorist attacks found a tolerant statement about Muslims by a political leader was accompanied by a sharp decline in hate crime, while a less tolerant announcement was followed by a precipitous increase in both the severity and number of anti-Muslim hate crimes.
Click below for the full report:
It remains to be seen whether a Jewish professor defending Klukkers from further harm will help move the hate needle in a more positive direction in 2016.
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