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."
He later says of the post-election separatist movements in many states: "Is there any other realistic alternative? Apart from futile violence against the Leviathan, do White men really have any other choice?"
Jews occupy much of his concern on racial and ethnic balance. MacDonald said in the Register that Jews "have a historical grudge against Western culture because they see themselves as innocent victims of persecution since the Middle Ages, culminating in the Holocaust. Ultimately, this hostility has led to a great majority of American Jews favoring policies of multiculturalism and large-scale, non-White immigration as ways of diminishing the power of European-Americans."
Care 2's opinion piece reasoned that while the university clings to maintaining the tenured MacDonald's right to free speech perhaps out of fear of being sued, "Is it not possible that students, faculty, staff and others at CSULB feel that their freedom of expression is restricted by having someone with such anti-Semitic, white supremacist views among them?"
Another recent development might be making it harder for the school to separate MacDonald's beliefs from his career. The Register mentioned MacDonald's directorship of the American Third Position, a political party with the platform that reads: "Government policy in the United States discriminates against white Americans ... white Americans need their own political party to fight this discrimination."
The Southern Poverty Law Center said MacDonald's involvement marked his ascent from racist theorizing to activism, the paper pointed out.
He told the daily he opposes discrimination and violence. But a 2010 investigation by Orange County Weekly said he had partnered with a skinhead group called Freedom 14 and "notorious neo-Nazi lawyer" William D. Johnson to form the party. OC Weekly also reported that he told the white-power radio show Radio Free Mississippi that deporting minorities would be a priority if the party gained power.
He returned to his theme of immigration reform with the Register. In effort to remedy what he sees as a growing disadvantage for whites, he told the paper he would like to restore America to its racial makeup in 1950.
It's that kind of talk that has some thinking he might not be college material.
"Especially given the highly diverse student population of CSULB — as well as its being a public university funded by, in part, taxpayer money — MacDonald’s hateful writings warrant the university taking a much more decisive stance about him as a member of its faculty," Care 2 concluded.