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Matthew Valasik

Matthew Valasik

Matthew Valasik, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University. His primary research interests are the socio-spatial dynamics of gang behavior and problem-oriented policing strategies (e.g., gang units, civil gang injunctions) used by law enforcement.

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Column: Why are white supremacists protesting to ‘reopen’ the economy?

By: and - May 11, 2020

A series of protests, primarily in state capitals, are demanding the end of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Among the protesters are people who express concern about their jobs or the economy as a whole. But there are also far-right conspiracy theorists, white supremacists and citizens’ militia members at these protests. The exact number of each group […]