The latest report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino found that Los Angeles crimes against “protected classes” are up 15 percent — and the report’s author warned that it is rising hard-left violence on college campuses that is the fastest-growing hate.
Behavioral Sciences Professor Brian Levin of the Department of Criminal Justice at CSUSB found hate crimes in Los Angeles were up by 15 percent to 230 in 2016. That ranked L.A. as having the third-largest number of hate crimes in the nation 230 last year, far behind New York with 380 and Boston with 275.
But in a surprising comment for what has usually been a politically correct forum to attack conservative values, Levin told the Los Angeles County’s Network Against Hate Crime, headquartered in West Hollywood, that he is most worried about a rise in violent attacks by leftist Black Bloc, Antifa and other armed rioters that are using violence, assaults and vandalism to muzzle conservative free speech on college campuses.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported that Levin is worried that far-left groups are targeting police, journalists, campus venues, and Trump supporters. Regarding the far left’s motivations in the last year, he said, “They increasingly saw demonstrations less as an opportunity for expression, and more as the culmination of a pre-choreographed violent street or campus battle, that began as vitriolic disputes on social media.”
California Penal Code 422.6 PC makes it a misdemeanor, subject to up to a year in jail, to “willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, or threaten someone in a protected class.” The definition of “protected classes” had been anyone that is not white, not male, not straight and not Christian. But Black Bloc and Antifa has specifically targeted conservatives at Berkeley and other University of California campuses.
Levin documented that in Los Angeles, the highest level of hate crime reports has been against blacks, followed by Jews, homosexual men, and then Hispanics. But the fastest growing targets are hate crime is now whites, which almost doubled from 7 to 12.
The CSUSB report comes just hours after 4chan crowd analysis identified former Diablo Valley College Philosophy Professor Eric Clanton as a masked Black Bloc activist who beat pro-Trump attendees with a U-shaped bike lock at the April 15 UC Berkeley riots.
Police arrested Clanton and he has been charged with four counts of felony assault with enhancements that allegedly caused great bodily injury, plus a misdemeanor for wearing a mask during commission of a crime. He pled not guilty and bail was set at $200,000.
A video of one of Clanton’s college lectures posted to You Tube features him with a Vladimir Leninist goatee giving a Marxist rant that property laws and policing only exists only for the benefit of the capitalist class to subjugate the public.