Too Soon to End Black History Month

Bias incidents roil University of California

Swastikas, nooses, a KKK hood, graffiti, epithets and jeers.

An ugly spate of bias incidents has crossed several University of California campuses over the past month, causing consternation, outcry and fear that bigotry is alive among the young and educated….

The article later provides part of an explanation

Upticks in hate crimes are often seen in times of economic malaise as people seek scapegoats, noted Jack Levin, a Northeastern University sociologist who has studied hate.

Clearly, the financial crisis and deep economic problems in the US has complicated the Obama presidency in all sorts of ways, and perhaps this is one more. I also have to wonder if there might not be an uptick in hate crimes as a response to the Obama presidency, separate from any economic factors, as conservatives and bigots feel more under threat by a (fairly) liberal, black president.

Another obvious explanation for this “ugly spate of bias incidents” is unaccountably overlooked in this news report.  It observes that these incidents have happened “over the past month,” but fails to make the obvious connection: it was Black History Month.


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