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Poet, photographer tell laborers’ stories with images, phrases
The Press-Enterprise/Southern California News Group
July 15, 2018
Poetry and photography have been combined to tell the story of the Inland Empire citrus laborer. At 10 stations spaced along a trail meandering through the scenic groves of California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside, black-and-white poster-sized photographs capture the faces of hard-working pickers while poetic lines of text place them in context.
The displays debuted in May 2017. They are a product of a partnership between the park and UC Riverside that seeks to tell a more complete history of the region’s storied citrus industry. The photos were taken by photographer Thomas McGovern, a professor of art at Cal State San Bernardino, and they were superimposed over large color photos of citrus trees. The images are paired with catchy phrases coined by poet Juan Delgado, a retired Cal State San Bernardino professor of English.
Read the complete article at “Poet, photographer tell laborers’ stories with images, phrases.”
Presidential pardon regarded as a ‘get-out-of-jail-free card’ for anti-government extremists, CSUSB professor says
PBS.org/PBS News Hour
July 15, 2018
Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued full pardons to Dwight and Steven Hammond, father-and-son ranchers from Oregon who were convicted of intentionally setting fire to federal land two years ago. The decision brought an outpouring of celebration from anti-government extremists on the internet and across the country, and experts say it could embolden them to take further action. …
The Hammonds have come to symbolize a fringe ideology under the guise of grassroots action vis-à-vis the Bundys. “In the West, where the government owns great swaths of land, the enforcement of federal regulations has been a rallying cry for decades both in mainstream and extremist circles,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
Levin says the pardon is regarded “by anti-government extremists or bigots as both a get out of jail free card for future transgressions and an executive validation of their ideology.”
Read the complete article at “What Trump’s latest pardon means for the future of the American West.”
CSUSB professor interviewed about latest California hate crime report
July 12, 2018
California is above the national increase in hate crimes of 14 percent in 2017 in 38 major cities, according to a study by Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.
L.A. County, with a population of 10 million people, has overwhelming the largest majority of racial hate crimes nationally, he said.
“What I think we’re seeing is a bit of a democratization of hate in California as well as nationally,” Levin said. “The negative stereotypes and incivility which is being promoted in our culture and in our social media and in schools where bullying is up as well as in politics.”
Levin attributed the high increase in California to its change in demographics, diversity, high population density, a mobile population, and a wired population.
“Sometimes catalytic events in addition to more incremental or foundational changes or causes influence hate crime as well,” Levin said. “We have the highest number of hate groups in country and hate groups in the state have been more active, particularly with rallies on college campuses, banners over freeways.”
Read the complete article at “Hate crimes and police officer use of force on the rise in California.”