Kevin MacDonald, a psychology professor at Cal State Long Beach, has been called a white supremacist, neo-Nazi and an anti-Semite.
He recently told the Orange County Register he is a “white advocate.”
By any label, he attracts controversy like a lightning rod. His viewpoints have led students in the mixed bag that’s Southern California to boycott his classes, CBS Los Angeles reported, and challenge his stance, as recorded on Youtube.
The university says it defends MacDonald’s academic freedom and freedom of speech, but his personal and academic opinions are entirely his own, CBSLA wrote.
Care 2, a public advocacy website, published an essay this week about MacDonald titled: “Why Is A White Supremacist a Professor at Cal State University?” The blunt editorial asserted that students’ rights weren’t protected on the diverse campus in Long Beach.
The editorial detailed the anti-Jewish and anti-immigration writings that have made him popular in neo-Nazi circles. It quoted extensively from a recent article he wrote for the Occidental Observer, a website he edits on “themes of white identity, white interests,” according to the mission statement.
In the essay, headlined “Disenfranchised White Males: Time for Secession,” he analyzed minority voting patterns — especially those of Jews and Asians — and concluded that the Republicans’ strategy to recruit more Hispanics was misguided: “What we have here is a situation in which around 70 percent of traditional American White men (correcting for the overly inclusive White’ category used by the media) are now pretty much officially disenfranchised in a country where they see themselves as the founding population. That’s a lot of angry White men.”
Wal-Mart has joined the list of major corporations withdrawing their support from a conservative political group that advocates the “Stand Your Ground” laws that came under intense focus after the Trayvon Martin killing became a national story.
“The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC,” as The Associated Press writes, “is made up of a group of lawmakers and private sector officials and has become a lightning rod for political debate in recent months. Wal-Mart has been a member since 1993.”
Last month, NPR’s Peter Overby reported, “a coalition of liberal and civil rights groups went public with a campaign to undermine” ALEC. In the first week or so of that effort, “seven corporations — Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mars, Kraft Foods, McDonalds, Wendy’s and the software maker Intuit — dropped their memberships in ALEC. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it won’t give ALEC any more grants, though one already under way [would] continue.”
Late Wednesday, the AP reports, Maggie Sans, Wal-Mart’s vice president of public affairs and government relations, sent a letter to ALEC. The giant retailer, she said, is concerned that ALEC has been getting involved in issues that “stray from its core mission ‘to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets.’ “