LONG BEACH - The Cal State Long Beach Academic Senate has voted to disassociate itself from the writings of a controversial psychology professor who has been accused of having anti-Semitic and white ethnocentric views.

"While the Academic Senate defends Dr. Kevin MacDonald's academic freedom and freedom of speech, as it does for all faculty, it firmly and unequivocally disassociates itself from the anti-Semitic and white ethnocentric views he has expressed," according to the resolution Thursday.

Responding to the resolution, MacDonald, a tenured professor, said "everyone has ethnic interests."

"This is an absolutely respectable scientific proposal," he wrote in the e-mail to the Press-Telegram.

"European Americans are the only group whose ethnic interests have been pathologized," he added. "No one disputes that Koreans, say, have ethnic interests and have a right to keep Korea Korean."

"Quite a few of the people who voted to censure me are ethnic activists on behalf of their ethnic group," he continued. "The College of Liberal Arts is full of these people. Yet only I am censured."

MacDonald had been invited to discuss his work with the Academic Senate prior to the vote, but he did not respond, according to Academic Senate chairman Praveen Soni.

MacDonald's research on Jews has been called anti-Semitic by organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In approving a resolution disassociating itself from MacDonald's work, the Academic Senate was following the lead of the departments of psychology, history, anthropology and linguistics, which had already approved similar resolutions.

MacDonald's controversial research also recently prompted a statement by CSULB President F. King Alexander that MacDonald's views "are his own entirely."

"I also would like to reiterate a statement that I have made on previous occasions that I personally find his views deplorable and reprehensible, and they in no shape or form whatsoever represent the views of this great university," he said.

Members of the Academic Senate did not call for MacDonald to be terminated or disciplined because they believe that would conflict with the concept of academic freedom, Soni said.

According to the resolution, MacDonald "repeated descriptions of Jews as a threat to white, European civilization" and characterized Western anti-Semites as "a rational, defensive response to the presence of Jews and their `hyper-ethnocentrism' and collectivist culture.

"MacDonald has advocated for the protection of the interests of `White European' Americans: ideally through the creation of a white ethnostate or failing that, through a return to the racially based restrictions of earlier U.S. immigration policy," the resolution stated.
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