In one of the more volatile recent periods of racial unrest in this country, some of the most inflammatory incitement is coming from an odd little corner of academia.
An influential, tenured university psychology professor is on the airwaves claiming Trayvon Martin was a “thug,” a “hoodlum” and a drug dealer who was shot while he was suspended from high school after being caught with stolen jewelry and a tool used for “breaking and entering.” California State University, Long Beach, Professor Kevin MacDonald made these and other allegations about the slain teen on David Duke’s nationwide radio program yesterday morning.
MacDonald, who has appeared on the former Klansman’s daily radio show at least five times in the past four weeks, also claimed the “Jewish controlled” media is engaging in intentional “deception” about the unarmed 17-year-old African-American student who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. The case has created a national uproar, with thousands of anti-racist demonstrators calling for the arrest of the watchman, George Zimmerman.
“If you look on the media accounts on television they have this photo of Trayvon Martin when he was 14 or 13,” MacDonald complained. “He looks like this little angelic kid. But that’s not the way he looks now. “
“When you see some recent pictures you know he’s much older,” MacDonald continued. “He’s got these, uh, gold-plated teeth, you know, these sort of bling they have, you know, which is sort of a marker of being involved in this sort of rap scene. You know, uh, there’s one photo on Facebook where he’s flashing gang signs and you can see his underwear, you know. He’s got his pants pulled way down. It’s just complete deception to present him as this little angel.”
But the media’s so-called “deception” actually may be MacDonald’s racist delusions. Indeed, most of the statements MacDonald made about Trayvon Martin on David Duke’s radio program yesterday are provably untrue.
Florida law enforcement reported last week that Martin had no juvenile criminal record and Miami-Dade police notified Martin’s high school that the jewelry reportedly found in the teenager’s backpack “did not match any that had been reported stolen.” And the so-called Facebook picture of Martin “flashing gang signs” cited by MacDonald yesterday has been shown to be false as well.
Though we have been reporting on Kevin MacDonald’s anti-Semitic writings and racist advocacy for years, he has significantly ratcheted up his rhetoric online and in public appearances since the Martin slaying. In fact, MacDonald may now be in violation of several CSU faculty regulations.
While many racists have ridiculed the nationwide protests and demonstrations over the Martin shooting, the CSU professor has himself been out protesting. On Mon., Feb. 27, the day after the death of Trayvon Martin, MacDonald was photographed rubbing elbows with tattooed skinheads on the streets of Los Angeles. He and other racists were passing out flyers and protesting the so-called “genocide” of white farmers in South Africa.
MacDonald has also recently become active as a board member and director with the hate group American Third Position. Two weeks ago, he expressed anger at Republicans for failing to keep America a “majority-White [sic] country” in an essay entitled, “The Racialization of American Politics Continues.” He said that “since the Republican Party is incapable of saving itself by adopting policies that would keep America a majority-White country, the long term solution is a third party representing the interests of White America: American Third Position.”
But it’s the Trayvon Martin case that seems to have MacDonald particularly agitated. Last week, on his blog, theoccidentalobserver.net, MacDonald wrote an essay about the Martin case, essentially arguing that the media attention is part of a Jewish conspiracy creating a new “anti-White religion” with a deceptive “narrative of Blacks as innocent victims of Whites.”
“[I]t will be very interesting to see how this all plays out,” Macdonald wrote. “The message of the poor, defenseless Black kid buying Skittles is turning into the thug who was suspended because of drug use at his school and who went out of his way to attack Zimmerman and was pounding his head into the concrete.”
Whites can expect more media-encouraged violent attacks from blacks and other minorities in the future, MacDonald wrote, elaborating this theme in the comments section of the article on his website over the weekend. “Blacks are very aggressive and they feel empowered with one of their own as president and Eric Holder as Attorney General,” he said. “But what we see now is nothing compared to what we can expect in the future when violence against Whites will go unprosecuted, not just ignored by the media.”
An even harsher, more “unplugged” version of the CSU professor’s opinions have been expressed repeatedly on Duke’s radio program over the past few weeks. On March 26, MacDonald told Duke, “Certainly uh, uh, it is the case that, that, that white people have stereotypes of blacks as criminals but it reflects the reality that blacks are crim-,” he said, before catching himself and then saying that black people are “much more likely to be criminals.”
Though MacDonald has appeared on racist Internet radio programs for years he is sounding more angry and animated, almost unhinged, since the Martin shooting. On March 20, for example, Duke had to ask MacDonald to stop rustling papers on his desk during the show while, in a frenetic and agitated stream of rants, MacDonald made several crude statements about Jews.
Jews are secretly making alliances with blacks, Hispanics and Asians, MacDonald said. They’re “making these alliances with other groups and their long-term goal is to displace white power.” From there, MacDonald was on a roll. Agreeing with Duke that “we are all Palestinians now, aren’t we?” MacDonald went on to say that Jews were “super hyper ethnocentric” and “think of all non-Jews as basically sub-human.”
In the racist, neo-Nazi subculture, MacDonald has become a key intellectual with his study of “Jewish evolutionary strategy.” Duke opened up his March 20 radio broadcast by introducing MacDonald as “one of the men I most intellectually admire in the world. A man who I can safely say I learned more about the Jewish question [from] than any other single writer in my lifetime.” Duke was speaking the truth. Hatewatch readers may recall that most of the footnotes featured in Duke’s self-published book Jewish Supremacism appear to have been lifted verbatim from MacDonald’s notorious trilogy of books on “the Jewish question.”
MacDonald may be Duke’s greatest teacher. But it would appear that his extracurricular activities over the past month could be at odds with regulations governing his official teaching at CSU. Although he is a tenured professor, he still is a “public employee” of the university, subject to the CSU Free Speech Handbook, Section V, on “Public Employee Speech,” which specifically prohibits faculty members engaging in “opprobrious, flagrant, insulting, defamatory” speech.
CSU faculty members are also barred from engaging in “incompatible activities,” described as “of a type not befitting the professional dignity of a faculty member, or of a kind which would demean or degrade the individual or the institution.” They cannot engage in “discriminatory behavior, bullying or harassment,” defined as “offensive conduct of an unwelcome nature on the basis of any of the characteristics identified. A hostile environment exists when such conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to participate, learn and/or work.”