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Faculty in the News, May 17

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Racist ‘promposal’ is part of a much bigger problem – some people ‘think bigotry is funny,’ CSUSB professor says
Los Angeles Times
May 16, 2019

The racist “promposal” that has rocked Palos Verdes High School is part of what at least one expert says is a much larger problem.
Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, noted there are still communities in California that are highly segregated. This, he said, along with such factors as ignorance and bigotry can contribute to an increase in hate incidents.
“Many of these people who are engaging in hate speech are not hardcore hatemongers,” he said. “We have this middle group of people who think bigotry is funny.”
Read the complete article at “Racist ‘promposal’ and a troubling social media trend: ‘Bigotry is funny.’

CSUSB professor’s documentary, ‘1948: Creation & Catastrophe,’ cited in commentary
The Washington Post
May 17, 2019
An opinion column by Maha Nassar, an associate professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, linked to the documentary “1948: Creation & Catastrophe,” which was co-produced and co-directed by Ahlam Muhtaseb, CSUSB professor of communication studies, with Andy Trimlett.
The column was about criticism aimed at U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who “told the Yahoo News podcast ‘Skullduggery’ that she was ‘humbled by the fact that it was my [Palestinian] ancestors that had to suffer’ in order for Israel to be created as a safe haven for Jews in the wake of the Holocaust.”
The paragraph, in column on the complicated history of the region, that referenced the documentary, using the word “removed” as the link to a webpage for the film:
“Fighting between Arabs and Jews in Palestine broke out the day after the Partition Plan was announced. While the local Arabs sought to prevent its implementation, Zionist militias sought to establish their rule — by force if necessary — over the areas slated as part of the Jewish state. As a result of those battles, and the subsequent Arab-Israeli war that broke out on May 15, 1948, over half of the 1.3 million Arabs living in Palestine fled or were forcibly removed from their homeland. Most of them and their descendants remain refugees today. Every year on May 15, Palestinians mark this catastrophe (“Nakba” in Arabic), but they also commemorate their ongoing connection to their homeland.”
Read the complete article at “Rashida Tlaib’s critics have Palestinian history all wrong.” 

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