President Trump wants ‘the facts’ on right-wing extremism. Here they are.

In USA Today, Erroll Southers, director, Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, published an op-ed on right-wing extremism. The truth of it is that our nation has been conditioned to view terrorism as the exclusive province of extremist Muslims. And now the chickens are coming home to roost. For far…

In light of white nationalism and counter-protests, we revisit the First Amendment

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the legal limits of protesting hate speech. So what are the legal limits of protesting hate speech? Is violence ever justifiable and in what situations? What are the strategic and legal approaches to fighting movements that protesters view as morally reprehensible? Listen to the…

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…

Anti-terrorism efforts and domestic sources of violence

The New York Times quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why only targeting Muslim extremism fails to address other domestic sources of violence. “Data should dictate policy,” Mr. Southers said. “If you ignore data, you ignore the real problem, which is that extremism comes from a diverse range of sources.” Full article…

Schweitzer: Seek out Diverse Perspectives and Sources of Information

by Justine Dodgen Our discussion of the prevalence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media continues. Today’s response is from Professor Lisa Schweitzer, who specializes in urban studies, particularly empirical analysis of social justice, environment, and transport in cities.   Bedrosian Center: What’s one thing we can do better to address biases…

Lewis: Acknowledge Different Interpretations of Events

by Justine Dodgen Today we’re continuing our discussion of how there is frequent evidence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media. We have been asking faculty members to respond with their ideas for how we, as consumers of news or members of the media, can “do better” at recognizing and overcoming this…

Sloane: Recognize that Race is Implicit to our Society  

by Justine Dodgen Last week, we introduced the topic of how there is frequent evidence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media. We said that we would be asking faculty members to respond with their ideas for how we, as consumers of news or members of the media, can “do better” at…

Race and Violence in the Media- What Do We Need to Do Better?

by Justine Dodgen In the aftermath of the terrible massacre of nine black members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last month, many noted the troubling difference in how the media has depicted the suspected killer, a white man, and suspects of other races or religions in similar past events. Many questioned (here, here, and…