Orange County, CA, May 20, 2008 … A tenured California State University professor, whose prolific scholarly writings about Jews have been admired by white supremacists for many years, has gained new notoriety by reinventing himself as a blogger, using the Internet to post articles and make them available to likeminded anti-Semites and the public, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Kevin MacDonald, a tenured member of the Psychology Department at Cal State Long Beach and a devoted anti-Semite, has a strong following among neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, who link to and reprint his articles on numerous hate sites and use his arguments to help justify their own hateful conspiracy theories about Jews and Jewish power.
"Kevin MacDonald is someone who is hailed among the bigots not just for his beliefs about Jews, but because of his ability to lend to his anti-Semitism a scholarly veneer," said Dr. Kevin O'Grady, ADL Orange County Regional Director. "Because he is a tenured professor who couches his views as a form of academic inquiry, he defies the mold of more traditional anti-Semites like jackbooted neo-Nazis or robe-wearing Klansmen."
MacDonald is a celebrated figure in the world of white supremacy because his views about Jews -- many of which promote classical anti-Semitic conspiracy theories -- are given added legitimacy by his ability to present them in a scholarly guise, according to ADL. The League has added MacDonald to its definitive online guide to extremist groups and individuals in the United States, Extremism in America.
ADL says that MacDonald has evolved from a writer of books to a blogger and prolific contributor to anti-Semitic publications both in print and online.
"For nearly a year, MacDonald has posted prolifically to his blog, demonstrating his increasing embrace of traditional anti-Semitism," said Dr. O'Grady. MacDonald's page on the CSULB Web site links to a personal page that, in turn, links to his blog.
MacDonald, who has worked at Cal State since 1985, has written a number of books and articles positing the theory that Jews have fostered and supported multiculturalism, Zionism, and neoconservatism to benefit Jews at the expense of non-Jews, according to ADL. MacDonald promotes his views in his books, in articles published in racist print and online publications, in videos, and on his own Web site and blog. His writings are often cited by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites and reprinted in extremist publications.
"While ADL stands by academic freedom, one need only look at Kevin MacDonald's disturbing record of anti-Semitism and his recent efforts to market himself via the Web, and a portrait emerges of a man who is not only deeply infected by hate, but who is motivated enough to use his academic credentials to make that message a defining feature of his professional life."
Although university administrators have refused to formally take action against or denounce MacDonald, his views have been widely criticized by his fellow faculty members at Cal State. Earlier this year, a majority of the faculty of the school's psychology department approved a statement to "disassociate itself from the controversial writings" of MacDonald.
The department faculty expressed concern that MacDonald may have violated the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct.
MacDonald is a member of the editorial advisory board of and contributor to The Occidental Quarterly, a racist publication; a member of the Charles Martel Society, a racist organization; and a contributor to VDare, a Web site that publishes racist views.