A University of New Brunswick professor can no longer use his academic affiliation to promote his personal views online about race relations, according to Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang.
The university will also review courses taught by social science professor Ricardo Duchesne, Jang told the Georgia Straight.
Earlier this month, Jang wrote UNB president H.E.A. Campbell about his concerns regarding blog posts and emails by Duchesne.
Duchesne writes on the site of the Council of European Canadians. The group describes itself as one that is opposed to “an establishment that is determined to destroy European Canada through fanatical immigration, race-mixing campaigns, imposition of a diversity curriculum, affirmative action in favor of non-Europeans, and promotion of white guilt”.
In a May 26 post titled “Chinese Head Tax, White Apologies, and ‘Inclusive Redress’”, Duchesne asserted that Chinese Canadians are manipulating “white guilt”.
According to Jang, he has spoken with UNB vice president Robert MacKinnon, who informed him that Duchesne will not be allowed to use his university affiliation to encourage people to read his posts about race matters.
Jang also said that MacKinnon told him that the university will look at Duchesne’s courses to ensure that he presents a balanced and scholarly perspective.
In a May 30 email, Duchesne used his university account and signed it as a UNB professor to invite readers to check out the Council of European Canadians’ site for articles “challenging Chinese efforts to exploit and profit from White Guilt and from the sufferings of prior generations of Chinese in Canada”.
According to Jang, he’s pleased about the action taken by UNB.
“I couldn’t care less what his personal beliefs were. I’m not offended,” Jang said about Duchesne in a phone interview on June 24.
“My main concern was the use of the university affiliation, which gives a different status to one’s posts, right? Which is inappropriate. And he’s no longer allowed to do that. And that if he does present the stuff in a university setting, it is well researched, using, you know, accepted scholarly standards,” Jang said.
Jang added: “That’s why I said to the university, ‘You don’t need to apologize to me.’ Because what he says in his personal beliefs, I couldn’t care less, because they’re so poorly researched and they’re made up. And so, it’s not their fault.”