Schweitzer, Southers discuss hate speech, policy implications after Charlottesville

USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott was joined by Bedrosian Faculty Affiliates Lisa Schweitzer and Erroll Southers (director of the Safe Communities Institute), in a discussion of the policy implications and responses to racism and extremism after the violence triggered by a white-nationalist rally in the Charlottesville, Virginia last month.

“White supremacy is not a historical construct we get to walk away from. We have to really interrogate how white supremacy informs public policies within the structures of our cities, within education and politics,” said Lisa Schweitzer. Erroll Southers indicated that he considered Charlottesville a pivotal moment for extremism in the country.

A glance at the alarming rise of hate in the US

Fox News LA quoted Jody Armour of USC Gould School of Law in an article which states hate crime statistics are up. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says the 2016 numbers show a 34% spike nationally and a 21% increase here in California. ADL expects that to increase in 2017. University of Southern California Law Professor,…

Charlottesville police face critics

Los Angeles Times quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the rise of homegrown terrorism and domestic violence, and what local and federal authorities can do to prevent tragedies like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia. “The threat of homegrown terrorism will continue to grow,” Southers said. “I see this getting worse unless the…