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UCLA Sociology Professor Edward Walker, was recently featured in a video chronicling the increase in misinformation campaigns across the country that have been particularly visible since the pandemic began. The video by Scripps Media will be used as a tool for their ongoing NewsLit media literacy project. As an expert on social movements, Dr. Walker says: “Astroturfing is an effort to mobilize the mass public in a way that distances that mobilization from the person who is sponsoring it or the organization that’s sponsoring it.”

To learn more, watch the full video HERE.

 

Dr. S. Michael Gaddis, assistant professor of sociology at UCLA, recently wrote an op-ed published in The Hill titled “Millennials and the Great Reckoning on Race.” He writes that although Millenials appear to support “post-racial” attitudes, their “…actions speak louder than words.”  Dr. Gaddis writes: “Unfortunately, the actions of Millennials in recent research I conducted, with Raj Ghoshal of Elon University, suggest that Millennials still engage in racial discrimination and hold deep-seated racial prejudices and stereotypes. Let’s hold off on passing out the participation trophies for a moment.”

To read his informative and thoughtful essay, click HERE.

To learn more about his research, check out this article written by Jessica Wolf for UCLA Newsroom, “Are millennials really as ‘post-racial’ as we think?

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, assistant professor of sociology and American Indian Studies at UCLA, was interviewed on missing and murdered Indigenous women by “Vice News Tonight.” This episode investigates how Indigenous women and girls go missing and are murdered at an alarming rate in the United States. Vice News visits tribal communities in Montana facing the crisis head-on.

To watch the interview, click HERE.

As a guest author for Scatterplot, Dr. Aliza Luft, UCLA assistant professor of sociology, makes the case that American leaders have switched sides, embraced the Nazi separation playbook during this current administration, and turned their backs on agreements that Americans made during the “Greatest Generation” seventy-eight year ago. Dr. Luft makes clear that children are being hurt by xenophobic policy, and she reminds us of history, while allowing no excuses for inaction.

Dr. Luft’s historical comparison is timely and a call to action. To read the essay, click HERE.

In the latest interview in the book series, UCLA Professor Laura E. Gomez discusses her new book Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism where she provides a historical and comprehensive examination of how Latinos have become constructed as a racialized group in the United States. Professor Gomez also offers clear and powerful strategies to combat racism against Latinos in the United States.

Interview Chapters:

0:57 – What is the genesis of this book?

3:18 – How is Latin American history connected to Latinos becoming a racial group in the US?

6:06 – Latino integration into America?

9:49 – What are the racial barriers Latinos face?

15:37 – When does the book come out? And why should we get it?

To learn more, check out Professor Gomez’s book Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism

 

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BBC’s Newsday interviewed Dr. Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, UCLA Associate Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies and a Northern Cheyenne tribal citizen.  She discusses how COVID-19 has hit Native American reservations like hers. “Every day there are funerals. We’ve lost so many people that if you actually look at the proportion of people we have lost to Covid in our community it would equal about 1.3 million Americans.”  To listen to the full interview, click HERE.

In the latest session of the book series, Come Out, Come Out Whoever You Are author and UCLA Professor and Chair of Sociology, Dr. Abigail Saguy talks with LA Social Science about her new book. Come Out… examines how rhetoric is borrowed by different social movements in order to gain public attention and policies that can help groups beyond the LGBTQ Community, such as undocumented immigrants. Her book also examines the importance of intersectionality within these movements.

Interview Chapters:

0:00 – Intro

0:55 – What brought you to this topic?

6:05 – What is the main argument of the book?

10:34 – How does the rhetoric of coming out allow groups to gain recognition and social change?

14:33 – How does this relate to current events?

9:06 – How does understanding history of chromosomes help us understand contemporary debates?

17:18 – Final thoughts, why pick up this book?

To learn more, check out Dr. Saguy’s book Come Out, Come Out Whoever You Are.

 

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Today, UCLA Dean of Social Sciences Darnell Hunt appeared on The Lead CNN with Jake Tapper to discuss police brutality and the breaking news of the day dealing with the nationwide protests against racism and injustice.  Watch the video of the interview HERE.

In addition, Dean Hunt has recently been asked by numerous media outlets to provide his expert insight on the current events. Check out each of the links below.

  • 5/29 – Opinion: America Is a Tinderbox

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/opinion/george-floyd-protests-minneapolis.html

  • 5/30 – ‘Riots,’ ‘violence,’ ‘looting’: Words matter when talking about race and unrest, experts say

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/31/george-floyd-riots-violence-looting-words-matter-experts-say/5290908002/

  • 5/31 – 示威失控 UCLA專家:背後根本原因是白人至上

https://www.taiwandaily.net/%E7%A4%BA%E5%A8%81%E5%A4%B1%E6%8E%A7-ucla%E5%B0%88%E5%AE%B6%EF%BC%9A%E8%83%8C%E5%BE%8C%E6%A0%B9%E6%9C%AC%E5%8E%9F%E5%9B%A0%E6%98%AF%E7%99%BD%E4%BA%BA%E8%87%B3%E4%B8%8A/

  • 5/31 – George Floyd death: Why do some protests turn violent?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52869563

  • 6/1 – The 1992 Rodney King Riots and Today’s Looting and Rioting in LA (Background Briefing with Ian Masters Podcast)

https://soundcloud.com/user-830442635/the-1992-rodney-king-riots-and-todays-looting-and-rioting-in-la

  • 6/1 – Protests for racial justice: Faculty share insights on responses to the killing of George Floyd

https://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/protests-racial-justice-george-floyd

  • 6/1 – Retailers and restaurants across the U.S. close their doors amid protests

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/06/01/retailers-restaurants-across-us-close-their-doors-amid-protests/

  • 6/2 – Christian Science Monitor

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2020/0602/See-the-fire-George-Floyd-and-the-effects-of-violent-protest

  • 6/2 – George Floyd: Mengapa demonstrasi damai memprotes kematian George Floyd bisa berubah menjadi kerusuhan

https://www.bbc.com/indonesia/dunia-52887527

  • 6/2 – MTV and Comedy Central pause to honor George Floyd, but much of Hollywood remains on the sidelines

https://www.thetelegraph.com/entertainment/article/MTV-and-Comedy-Central-pause-to-honor-George-15310227.php

  • 6/2 – What Should We Expect From Entertainment Companies When It Comes to Fighting Racism?

https://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-entertainment-companies-fight-racism-black-lives-matter/

  • 6/2 – There isn’t a simple story about looting

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/6/2/21278113/looting-george-floyd-protests-social-unrest

  • 6/3 – ‘Do the Right Thing’: The best films by black directors on Netflix

https://filmdaily.co/news/black-directors-netflix/

  • 6/3 – From AppleTV+ to Netflix: Stories Focus on African-Americans Chasing the American Dream

https://www.wsj.com/articles/from-appletv-to-netflix-stories-focus-on-african-americans-chasing-the-american-dream-11591211546

  • 6/3 – Que devons-nous attendre des entreprises de divertissement lorsqu’il s’agit de lutter contre le racisme?

https://www.urban-fusions.fr/2020/06/03/que-devons-nous-attendre-des-entreprises-de-divertissement-lorsquil-sagit-de-lutter-contre-le-racisme/

  • 6/4 – On The Politics Of Using The Word “Fascist”

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL2006/S00018/on-the-politics-of-using-the-word-fascist.htm

  • 6/4 – Porque se vandalizam e pilham lojas no meio de protestos pacíficos? A lógica do looting

https://shifter.sapo.pt/2020/06/black-lives-matter-looting-pilhagem/

  • 6/4 – 全美暴動…為何和平抗議會變「暴力搶劫」?專家揭背後真相

https://www.setn.com/News.aspx?NewsID=754444

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