UnfairNation by Ehsan Zaffar
Virus of Hate: Why The Coronavirus Has Become a Battle Cry for Extremists

Virus of Hate: Why The Coronavirus Has Become a Battle Cry for Extremists

Militant groups, domestic terrorists and white supremacists (they play in the same little league division) are all finding that the rise in discrimination and hate crimes against Asian-Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic is helping their cause. In fact, they are capitalizing on the hatred. Some are going beyond Asians and blaming their old "go-to" groups such as Jews and Muslims for the virus. This is both a domestic and global phenomenon.

Dr. Erroll Southers is this week's guest. He discusses how the rise in Coronavirus-related incidents ties in with the larger threat posed by homegrown violent extremists (HVE's). Importantly, he shares ways to safely help when you see someone being harassed. Dr. Southers is a professor at USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy and Executive Director of the Safe Communities Institute where he studies violent extremism. 

Big thank you to Nicole Anselmo for her help with this and other recent UnfairNation episodes!

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  • NPR - 'A Perfect Storm': Extremists Look For Ways To Exploit Coronavirus Pandemic (Link https://www.npr.org/2020/04/16/835343965/-a-perfect-storm-extremists-look-for-ways-to-exploit-coronavirus-pandemic)

  • Dr. Southers' personal website (http://errollsouthers.com) 

UnfairNation by Ehsan Zaffar
UnfairNation is a podcast that discusses our nation's rising inequity and social, political and economic inequality. What it means for you and what you can do about it. Every so often we interview one person to understand their lived experience with inequality. The UnfairNation Podcast is recorded at the historic Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles, in collaboration with The Difference Engine at Arizona State University. Thanks for tuning in!
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