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Long Adored by Anti-Semites, California Prof Now Glorifies Violence

By Heidi Beirich on July 1, 2013 - 11:39 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Propaganda, Neo-Nazi
Kevin MacDonald with racist skinheads

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Or perhaps descended is a better word.

Psychology professor Kevin MacDonald, a once-respectable instructor at California State University, Long Beach, who once may have inspired students to pursue the honorable path of examining and improving the human condition, now celebrates the imagined deaths of his enemies, including those of myself and a colleague.

MacDonald has been headed for the gutter for more than a decade already. But his story, never a pretty one to begin with, has recently gotten even uglier.

Starting with his starring role in 2000 as the sole character witness for “historian” David Irving in the infamous London libel trial over Irving’s Holocaust denial, MacDonald has been on a tear, lending whatever credibility his Ph.D. may give him to anti-Semites, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists. His appeal to that unsavory crowd was based on a trilogy he wrote earlier — A People that Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy (1994), Separation and its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism (1998), and The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (1998) — that asserted that Jews are genetically driven to undermine the white host societies in which they live. By 2010, he had gone even further, became a founding board member of the racist political party American Third Position (since renamed the American Freedom Party).

Given that sorry track record, it may seem impossible to get much worse. But the California professor has now begun to outdo even his own earlier performances.

In recent months, MacDonald has signed on as a co-host for ex-Klan chief David Duke’s radio program. Riffing about “Zionist gun-grabbers,” “Jewish hypocrisy” and the like, MacDonald now works directly with a major anti-Semite who once paraded about in a Nazi uniform and who spent time in prison after pleading guilty to ripping off his supporters. At the same time, MacDonald is making new friends in even lower places. A picture taken in February 2012 shows him cavorting with racist skinheads at a rally protesting the “genocide” of whites in South Africa.

What’s most remarkable, however, is MacDonald’s apparent endorsement of at least imagined violence against his enemies. This drift from scholarly professor to bloodthirsty militant seemed to begin in 2010, when MacDonald wrote a blurb for White Apocalypse, a novel penned by then-budding racist Kyle Bristow. The book’s plot revolves around a series of violent revenge fantasies against Jewish professors, Latino and Native American activists, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Most horrifyingly, the book includes a graphic scene in which a character clearly based on my colleague, Mark Potok, is gunned down. The Potok character — named David Greenberg and described by Bristow as an “oily, curly haired troll” who is the spokesman for an anti-racist group remarkably like the Center — has just finished delivering testimony in a federal courthouse when he is assassinated. As Greenberg stands outside the building, the novel’s hero, a kind of one-man militia named Jack Schoenherr (which translates from the German, roughly, as “Mr. Handsome”), fires an AR-15 at Greenberg from a nearby roof. A character based on me and named “Beirman” (such a long way from Beirich, eh?) witnesses the gory murder, richly detailed in Bristow’s celebratory writing, and is left splattered with blood.

In a back-cover blurb, MacDonald calls Bristow’s juvenile tribute to murder “an emotionally compelling account of Whites as historical victims of non-Whites — just the sort of thing we need to motivate a renaissance among our people.”

Really, professor? Shooting people is how you motivate people?

And now there’s more. In early June, MacDonald again glorified violence against anti-racists by posting a piece on his Occidental Quarterly Web page entitled, “When Heidi Went To Heaven.” Labeled as satire, the rather long and meandering post describes me being blown up by a cheaply made IED. MacDonald’s website lauds the piece for “pulling our foes with their noses through the mud.”

Needless to say, I don’t really go to heaven.

Manfred von Pentz

The piece posted by MacDonald is bylined by one “Michael Colhaze,” who originally posted it on his own personal blog page. That page was long registered to Manfred von Pentz, who apparently is now located somewhere in the former Soviet Union. Von Pentz appears to be a German national, artist and a Holocaust denier who lived for some time in both France and Italy. He is also the publisher of a book by Colhaze, Thus Wow! Says I, and the author of a well-reviewed 1992 book of poetry, Canto Moreno, which looks at the world through his son’s eyes.

Colhaze, who was the only one to reply to E-mails sent to accounts in both men’s names, told Hatewatch that von Pentz was his “front,” whatever that means. Colhaze further informed me that von Pentz is moving to Spain, where he will be out of reach of Holocaust denial laws. Colhaze calls the genocide a “favorite tale.”

MacDonald’s growing extremism and indirect lauding of violence seems to leave his university bosses, who have long been embarrassed by their tenured colleague, in an uncomfortable spot. In an E-mail to the SPLC, Psychology Department Chair Ken Green wrote: “The activities that you cite are disheartening. But because they are performed outside the university I am advised that we have no legal recourse. These off-campus activities are contrary to the inclusive values of the Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and CSULB. We do not support them.”

Still, it’s a little hard to believe that this man regularly stands in front of a classroom filled with students of a wide variety of faiths, races and social backgrounds and instructs them on evolutionary psychology, the psychology of child and adolescent development, and social and personality development. Perhaps he should be the one taking the class on personality development. Clearly, in that department, Kevin MacDonald has some serious work to do.

  • stevieb

    Where’s the “skinheads”??

    There is nobody in that picture that looks remotely like a skinhead.

    That’s a rather lowly thing to do, one would think…

  • Kiwiwriter

    John, courts must construe according to the law, and the world must construe according to its wits, and I construe that deep down, beneath the rhetoric and sarcasm, the folks who share the views you espouse do indeed bear fatal intentions towards folks like us.

  • Reynardine

    Well, John, it appears that on competent advice…from us… you have backpedalled. Don’t assume, however, that this means you will not be looked at if something haywire happens.

  • John

    I posted a 2nd comment that’s still awaiting approval so if the 3rd and 4th comments get approved first but don’t make sense, that is why…

  • John

    also, the fact that you could totally misconstrue my post as advocating violence towards any one of you tells me a lot about the collective mindset in this one wants to see anyone get maimed or killed, you idiots

  • Kiwiwriter

    I always knew this guy was a nutter in an academic’s clothing. I re-read his testimony in the Irving case.

    Rubbish…no relevance to the case whatsoever.

  • Aron

    For what it’s worth he knows to not mention any of his proclivities during class. Though since he is tenured it wouldn’t hurt him.

  • Otis Galloway


    Like most of your ilk, you are a fool and a coward.
    You talk big talk on message boards and forums, but in reality, you are incapable of the things you speak of. You lack any true moral conviction or intelligence, so you are truly no one to be concerned about. You are of little consequence to anyone.

    Continue your slide towards irrelevance and abject stupidity. Trust me when I tell you no one here will interrupt you.

  • aadila

    John, you do realize this blog is monitored pretty closely by law enforcement, don’t you? If there are any acts of harm against the members of this forum, you will be a person of interest. Thanks for leaving a trail.

  • Vincenzo La Chimera

    Professor MacDonald must be aware of the volumes of literature and studies done by so many of his colleagues on the link between extreme racist groups like Skinheads and repressed homosexuality?

  • concernedcitizen

    Bravo Reynardine! You told John quite nicely and I applaud you for your civility.

    I was thinking that giving him more rope (figuratively speaking) would help him hang himself.

  • concernedcitizen

    Still, it’s a little hard to believe that this man regularly stands in front of a classroom filled with students of a wide variety of faiths, races and social backgrounds and instructs them on evolutionary psychology, the psychology of child and adolescent development, and social and personality development.

    Yes it is always amazing to me that idiots like this are given pulpits in front of diverse crowds. But it’s always nice when everyone realizes that the Emperor on the Pulpit has no clothes.

  • concernedcitizen

    John, remarks like that might get you on the NSA watch list.

    Are you suggesting that any one of us would make a good candidate for a role where someone is gunned down?

    If so that could be construed as a threat.

    Are you threatening people John?

    Perhaps you should explain yourself further.

  • Tomas Delbeck

    Turner redux.

  • Tomas Delbeck


  • Erika

    the “intellectual” racists can try to pretend to be different but deep down their true core of wanting to see those they disagree with meet violent ends comes through. since racism – or any sort of supremacy is largely an ideology of impotence it is no surprise that the violence the supremacists want to see is often directed towards women and the violence they fantasize about is often highly sexual. This link between sex and violence is probably why so many of the white supremacists, rligious right kooks, and male supremacists turn out to be disgusting perverts (either rapists or pedophiles).

    it doesn’t matter that he’s educated and “intellectual” – no doubt intelligent to become a professor at a university – but deep down the deep sated hatred towards others reveals not “pride” or “superiority” but instead a massive inferiority complex.. The fantasizing about violence particularly against women reveals the truth about how impoetent these racists really feel.

    This is likely also a case where it turns out that psychologists are often the craziest people around.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    There’s no “genocide” against whites in South Africa. FFS a black guy actually got prosecuted by the state for hateful public statements about whites.

  • Aron

    Sam, until Jackboots LaPierre is ousted from the NRA, I will never join. There are seemingly NO ‘reasonable’ voices in your group. I’ve talked to plenty local members: all of them are extremists.

  • Sam Molloy

    Erika, in Alabam’ , one year CCW permits are issued at the sole discretion of the county sheriff, who may also add any restrictions that he deems necessary. Open carry is OK with no permit while on foot, unless you are at a public demonstration, political rally or wildlife area. I am not sure which of those would define a KKK rally. In a vehicle, without a permit, handguns are to be always unloaded and cased in the luggage compartment well away from the passengers. A traditional rear window rifle / shotgun rack is OK. Mr. Potok could bring another much needed voice of reason to the NRA, could take some courses to better ensure his safety, and may understand more of their positions after meeting some of the more reasonable members.

  • Reynardine

    Followed the link. Damn, that was some trashy prose.

  • Missy

    As a former student of the Cal State system (albeit not the Long Beach campus), I’m very surprised that the best school system I ever attended also continues to support this whack-a-doodle.

  • Erika

    since when does someone have to join the NRA in order to have a gun???

    and several of us who live in conservative Southern states have absolutely no need for a concealed carry permit – quite simply, we live in open carry states. that means thre is no need for an concealed carry permit because any idiot who wants to can walk around openly carrying guns like they were Yosemite Sam or Elmer Fudd.

  • Gregory

    Sam, could your shilling for the NRA be any more obvious?

  • S.yaryk

    The man in picture is seen around Kiev, Ukraine, with wife or girlfriend. Older looks now. If Pentz is threatening the racist violence he will be in violation of Article 161 – Criminal Code of Ukraine.

    Ukraine has been looking for some times to find these Nazi’s to prosecute.

    Will forward these articles along.

  • Reynardine

    Now, as my hair is white, silky, not curly, and there are a couple of other bars to my playing Mr. Potok, I must decline such a role. However, John, if you mean we are suited to playing the role of targets, I caution you that you are brinking on a couple of federal felonies, and you are advised to say no more. Govern yourself accordingly.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    MacDonald’s recent actions just prove that there is no “intellectual” elite WN movement. They keep claiming they want to rise above the skinheads, the costume Nazis, and the mental defectives, but their need for numbers forces all these groups into one movement.

  • Albrecht Kolthoff

    This “Michael Colhaze” persona is obviously shaped after the literary figure Michael Kohlhaas, following the real person Hans Kohlhase in the 16th century, a lonely rebel against injustice using terrorist means. He eventually was captured and publicly executed.

  • Aron

    Wow John. It really says something about you that you would actually say that.

    And you seem to disregard the fact that Rey and Aadila are both gentile women. But nice try, buddy.

  • Sam Molloy

    It would be hypocritical of you to further criticize the NRA and CCW permitholders, as anyone could be a victim of such virulent hatred. If you would like, E- mail me and I will gift you a membership to the NRA.

  • John

    I’d imagine that if the book was made into a film, aadilla, reynardine and concerned citizen would be perfect for Mr Potok’s role.

  • David Cary Hart

    I have often said that I have suffered more discrimination as a Jew than as a gay man. MacDonald does not provide an isolated case of someone promoting antisemitism.

    I see a considerable increase in antisemitism in the conservative Christian orbit. While San Francisco values is usually code for gay, “Hollywood” is often code for Jews.

    Don Wildmon of American Family Association once voiced what so many of them think. Jews control Hollywood and Hollywood is responsible for what they describe as the moral decline of America. Wildmon said that Jews are too tolerant of homosexuals.

    I am very proud of our contributions to civil rights. A few thousand years of oppression seems to have taught us a thing or two.