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.