UNB Defends Prof’s Academic Freedom in Wake of Racism Complaint

CBC News, January 8, 2015

A University of New Brunswick vice-president is defending a professor’s academic freedom in the wake of a recent complaint of racism.

Kerry Jang, a Vancouver city councillor, had asked the university to investigate the allegedly racist views of Prof. Ricardo Duchesne, who argues that the influx of Asian immigrants is threatening Canada’s European character.

Jang contends the sociology professor’s comments constitute hate speech.

“He was drawing comparisons to say Hong Kong and Japan, its teeming dirty cities and things like that–saying all Asians are dirty,” he said.

Last summer, Jang complained to Robert MacKinnon, a UNB vice-president in Saint John, and said Duchesne was damaging the university’s reputation.

“He was pushing one perspective and using his university affiliation to get it across,” said Jang. “That is not proper academic work. Period,” he said.

“Quite frankly, I don’t think he should be teaching.”

But in an emailed statement to CBC News on Wednesday, MacKinnon said Jang’s concerns were “carefully reviewed and addressed last summer.”

“Academic freedom is a foundational principle of university life,” he said.

“The university statement of mission and values very clearly supports the freedom of thought and expression while maintaining the highest ethical standards and a respectful environment.”

​Duchesne, a professor in the department of social science at UNB Saint John, said he challenges students to rethink the values of multiculturalism.

“Why are people so afraid that they don’t want people like me to talk?” he said.

The professor has some specific thoughts on how immigration has impacted Vancouver.

“The incoming in Vancouver of Asians and Chinese was too fast, too quick. So essentially, we had a situation in which within a matter of a few years, a very British city, a beautiful British city, took on a strongly Asian character,” he said.

“You walk to schools, to universities, high schools and in many cases, you will see are almost only Chinese or Asian students.”

Duchesne’s published academic work exalts Western culture, which, he says, is threatened by overwhelming numbers of immigrants.

He said immigrants don’t respect white liberals, who don’t take pride in their own nation and hand over everything.

“Sweden had practically no rape. Suddenly, they open their borders, they have one of the highest rape statistics in the world,” he said.

“In Norway, it’s happening, the same thing.”

Duchesne’s comments may have triggered a complaint, but the union that represents UNB professors says he needs to be defended.

Miriam Jones, president of the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers, said the principle of academic freedom is “increasingly under attack.”

Jones said academic freedom is under pressure from corporations, political interests and even big pharmaceuticals who don’t like what scientists are telling them.

The union leader said professors and what they say must be protected.

“It is such a bedrock principle. Academic freedom is something to go to the wall for,” she said.

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  • What’s really under attack is the ability of people to notice things.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      That’s because noticing is one of the most dangerous things regular people could start doing (in the eyes of elite liberals). If regular people start noticing that certain groups of people tend to be overrepresented in all sorts of undesirable behavior (crime, welfare dependency, etc.) the entire liberal edifice might come crashing down, because it is built on the bedrock assumption that everyone, everywhere, is equal.

      If people realize that “equality” is just a myth and that no two groups of people are actually the same, they might start caring less about the precious feelings of minorities and more about protecting their nations and cultural heritage for the benefit of their children and later descendants.

      • DonReynolds

        I think we have seen this before with the French Canadians, who have largely managed to keep alive a French culture after being totally immersed in a British society for hundreds of years. I am certain it was not easy or simple, but it must be obvious that entire societies can exist for a very long time…..many generations, while retaining their language, religion, and customs. Hooray for French Canada.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    There is a superlative Red Ice Radio interview (2 hours) with Ricardo Duchesne. Google: “Ricardo Duchesne” and “Red Ice”. First hour: free, 2nd hour: members.

    • SentryattheGate

      Thanks, I’ll check it out. I have been pleased with Red Ice radio (out of Sweden).

      • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

        So have I. Glad I stumbled on it several months ago. Red Ice has some interview gems. Scroll its archives.

  • SentryattheGate

    It’s refreshing to hear someone actually upholding free speech and academic freedom! Maybe we are reaching a turning point; sluffing off the PC chains that have held us down? Re. Vancouver, one of the first big red flags to me was reading how Hong Kong billionaires fled to Vancouver, escaping with their money, the transfer of Hong Kong to the Communist Chinese (with the lease to the UK expiring in 1997). Those Asian billionaires bought up blocks of apartment buildings, putting up signs that read “For rent—to Asians ONLY”!!!

    • Ron Cheaters

      I remember an article maybe a year ago. Someone made a big stink at a McDonald’s in Richmond because the cashier didn’t speak Mandarin.
      The girl in the interview:
      “Whayyo meen dey don speek mannarin, ddees ees reechmonn”
      I barfed a little when I saw that, and once again writing it.

    • Ultimate187

      Vancouver’s white mayor is dating a Chinese pop-star 20 years his junior. He obviously doesn’t think there are too many Asians there.

      • dean53

        Take a look over at returnofkings. Articles there attribute white men’s lust for skinny Asian women to white women’s obesity.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Asian hack politician: “He was… saying all Asians are dirty.”

    I will bet my life savings- and my life itself- that the good professor never uttered those words.

    • Ron Cheaters


    • dukem1

      According to the Wall Street Journal, They like to pick their noses in public…
      So, there’s that.

      • HE2

        Nose picking, yes. They also cough up lugies and spit in the street.
        In White areas that Chinese visit with regularity, you see signs printed in English and Chinese, “no spitting.”
        The low bidding Chinese were contracted for major retrofitting and repair of a S.F. Bay Bridge span.
        The Chinese workers poured cement in the rain though Cal-Trans engineers told them not to. Welding joints completed in China and shipped here were inferior, the steel of inferior quality.
        Overall, the work was so shabby, it had to be done over at enormous cost.

        Chinese do not belong in the U.S. any more than other alien ethnicities. They are not, contrary to some opinions, a “model minority,” for reasons stated by another poster above.

        • SentryattheGate

          Yup, that’s why the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act was passed. It was the first significant immigration law passed.

          • HE2

            Correct, Sentry. They served their purpose, now time to go home.
            We need to resurrect and broaden the Exclusion Act, adding a stringent Deportation Act and enforce the laws on the books. Now.

  • MekongDelta69

    “He said immigrants don’t respect white liberals, who don’t take pride in their own nation and hand over everything.”

    So true

    NO ONE respects Leftist Pajama Boys and Eunuchs…

    • Ron Cheaters

      I wanted to cut & paste when I read that… that’s my quote of the day.

    • Speedy Steve

      They can also spot a phoney a mile away. Stalin knew how to deal with people who made false accusations. The accusers would be sent to Siberia at a later date.

  • IstvanIN

    English-Canada will loose its British character has the population changes, that is a given. They have no link to the founding nation, Great Britain, nor its culture and history. Surprisingly the Canadian government has returned the word Royal to several organizations, including the Navy and Air Force. The Canadians seem to be a bit more proud of their British history than other Commonwealth nations. On the other hand Australian republicans are waiting for the day that Asian immigrants become an electoral force strong enough to win a referendum on abolishing the monarchy and cutting the few remaining cultural ties with the UK. It is all about hey hey, ho ho, western civilization has to go”.

  • LHathaway

    “the influx of Asian immigrants is threatening Canada’s European character”.

    It’s threatening their DNA. What actual land area will Asians get in North American? Anyone with a good guess?

    • SentryattheGate

      China, with all the increasingly devalued dollars they hold, is buying a lot of US businesses, hotels, and houses! And some states are GIVING them land for economic enterprise zones; like the 64,000 acres south of Boise, Idaho given to Sino-Mach (Chinese machine company), where Chinese workers will be brought in to run their factories!!!

      • DD-762

        O.T. I know a guy who went to China. He said it was the worst Chinese food he ever had.

        • Speedy Steve

          Red rice with sand and some grilled fish fins.

        • Ultimate187

          That’s because real Chinese food is too wild for western tastes. What people eat here is American-style Chinese instead.

      • phillyguy

        Saw on the news last week the state government in Pennsylvania is giving free citizen ship to a group of Chinese millionaires who will give 75 million dollars to repair a bridge in the state.

        • IstvanIN

          The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not have the right to bestow citizenship on anybody.

          • phillyguy

            They are doing it now for money. google it up.

          • LHathaway

            The federal government has had such a police for 30 years or so, perhaps much longer. If you have a certain amount of money to ‘invest’ in America they will give you US citizenship. An Asian man told me that what is sometimes done is that, after a period of time, the first immigrant will then send this same ‘investment’ money back to another Asian in the home country, which he will put up as ‘money he is investing’ in this country. Then he too will be a US citizen. The process is then repeated. This is not a huge surprise in that this is the way some Asians also do business. One will genuinely support another financially after they have established a business so that their relative can make it too. The government really raised the amount one must ‘invest’ here in order to gain citizenship. One must invest nearly a million dollars or something in order to be granted citizenship these days.

        • Tim

          Molly McGuire their @$$…

      • See The Future

        Don’t these stories give you such a warm and fuzzy feeling of absolute bliss and tranquility…………….

      • DonReynolds

        The Chinese have been buying zillions of acres of farmland out west mainly. Of course, it is a half baby-step to send in their own farm managers….and then the farm workers…..then they need schools……and grocery stores with their own familiar foods……and entertainment. Well, you get the idea.

  • Ron Cheaters

    Its an election year here so when I vote, I have to choose what degree of destruction I want to do to my country. The conservative party (LMAO) is probably the least destructive, God help us if that wannabe pot-head moselem-lover gets elected — which is the way the majority of this country is leaning.
    Although speeding up the destruction can have its benefits also.. Canadians are too polite to form any uprising sadly.

    • See The Future

      Women will tip the scales for the liberal leftist trudeau.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Pray tell us where was Kerry Jang born??? Was it in Asia? Since he is Asian, he needs to shut his stinking pie hole and be greateful he is in a western country. If not, then let him go back to the oriental hellhole he came from.

  • dmxinc

    Undermining the British Character? That is an understatement.

    I spent Christmas in Vancouver. It might as well been Hong Kong. I am not kidding.

    I thought, “Can you imaging a Japanese or Korea city that was now basically European. That they willing allowed it to become European? No way. Why are we in the West so foolish? Why give away your children’s future, their birthright?”

    Also, Vancouver isn’t just any city. Go there sometime. It is one of the most beautiful metropolises on Earth.

    “Here Chinese…would you like this?….take it!? Crazy.

    • Ultimate187

      Wow. Imagine a country marketing itself as multicultural, open and tolerant, and then suddenly experiences rapidly changing demographics. It’s like people didn’t think this was a possibility. My question is, where was this outrage 20 years ago?

      • Chinese Nationalist Maiden

        Like the CPC is swamping Uighurs with Han Chinese, you Westerners are being swamped with aliens by the Western left-liberal elite. If the CPC is committing genocide, then what’s happening to you Westerners?

        • Ultimate187

          The Chinese people didn’t vote in their government. The decision to replace Uighurs with the majority Han culture was the decision of the leadership alone. Here, we elected all our leaders, and they theoretically represent our wishes. The irony is obvious.

          • Chinese Nationalist Maiden

            I think it’s obvious that the CPC is aiming at the extinction of the Uighurs. Call it genocide or something else (e.g. swamping populations), but the end result is the same. Moreover, I don’t think the WW2 Germans voted for genocide either. The Russians living in the Soviet Union also didn’t vote for that. Westerners are living under a totalitarian ‘democratic’ regime owned by an hostile elite.

          • IstvanIN

            We have the “illusion” of control over our nations. Your government is a little more honest, they don’t beat their chests claiming to be a liberal democracy.

          • Chinese Nationalist Maiden

            Our government (i.e. the government of China) claims to be democratic. Did you know that?

          • Ultimate187

            That’s a half truth. The Chinese government is democratic, but in its own circles. The top-down command structure still rules though.

          • IstvanIN

            Really? But you only have one party in China. Amazing how politicians can lie with a straight face, isn’t it. Must be a universal trait.

          • DonReynolds

            Yes……so did the Soviet Union and the present North Korea….all claim to be democracies.

          • SentryattheGate

            The Uighurs, being “troublesome” to the Communist leadership, are being exported to the US, as I understand Prof.Darrell Hamamoto to be saying, UC-Davis, Asian-American Studies. There are some good Youtube interviews with him, and his new book, Servitors of Empire, re. the intended role of Asian and Latino immigration into the US.

    • SentryattheGate

      Most Americans think of illegal aliens as Latinos, but many are Chinese!

    • dean53

      What children? Maybe people who don’t have babies don’t care about future generations or their birthright.

  • Chinese Nationalist Maiden

    I am Asian, and I have regularly had e-mail contact with prof. Ricardo Duchesne these weeks. I know him as a very intelligent, empathetic, and kind-hearted man. I don’t believe he would ever say anything like ‘all Asians are dirty.’ It’s absolute libel in my opinion. If anyone believes that prof. Duchesne hates Asians, then I must tell him/her that quite the contrary is true. In my opinion it’s completely delusional to believe that he hates Asians. A few weeks ago he showed great interest in an article written by me that quite explicitly promoted East Asian interests. He is going to consider this article for publication at the Council of European Canadians blog (google it). I have read countless articles by the professor, and even though I do not necessarily agree with everything he says, I strongly believe that he should be completely free to voice his opinions. I also believe that Asians can learn something from prof. Duchesne’s perspective.

    I have noticed that prof. Duchesne likes writing long blog articles, and I recommend people to read his articles for themselves to get a much more objective impression of his views. Frankly, I find mr. Jang’s comments hatefully intolerant of other perspectives; in my opinion it’s vital to tolerate different views. The question that prof. Ricardo Duchesne asks is legitimate: ‘Why are people so afraid that they don’t want people like me to talk?’ Obviously I don’t think that anything prof. Duchesne said amounts to hate. He calmly speaks about complex issues, and offers good insights. I believe it is important to be open-minded and I think different perspectives should be heard. If people were less afraid to listen to prof. Duchesne, there would be a much more open and nuanced debate about multiculturalism in the West. Moreover, I don’t take offence from any truths that a professor might say. I am just willing to listen to and learn from these truths.

    • wildfirexx

      Well said milady of Chinese decent…I fear Professor Duchesne has been accused with the infamous Canadian hate crime law, which puts strict limits on freedom of speech and expression in Canada. It’s often used to ban people of Canadian European heritage from speaking their minds in regards to xenophobia in one’s own land.
      After just witnessing the tragic events in France based on freedom of press, and other restrictions on freedom of speech, one wonders why these restrictions seem to apply to mainly only us white christian background folks. Have we not rights to protect and preserve our cultural and European identity, while other ethnic communities are promoted to celebrate theirs.
      I grew up in the suburbs of Greater Vancouver, and as a child was once proud of vancouver’s famous china town, and have worked in areas with large asian populations without any problems, but am now finding the face of greater vancouver and other cities across Canada overwhelming being taken over quickly by foreigners from un-european lands. A small influx of third world immigrants has always added a little flavor to our cities, and have assimilated in the past…where as today the opposite is true.
      As well, the rich chinese foreigners push the housing market out of reach of Canadians and their children, forcing them to move further out of the city.
      Many heritage style homes are ripped down to make way for monster homes, while destroying the traditional homes of Vancouver.
      I have never been against a small but slow migration of other cultures into Canadian society, but not at the expense of our own demise!

  • phillyguy

    They are a bigger enemy to us than the blacks and Browns, they will overwhelm us in 10 years.

    • DonReynolds

      I am not so sure. If we are willing to sell the rope that is used to hang us, we should not quibble about who tied the knot. They could not come here if it were not permitted, or even encouraged by our own “leaders” at the Chamber of Commerce. We sell them land that no one else wants to buy (at the inflated prices) and glad to take the money. I cannot find it in myself to fault the Chinese for doing what is lawfully permitted. (That complaint I reserve for hispanics who ignore or break any law they can.) The Chinese seem willing to play the game mostly by the rules as we made them. If you do not like the rules, you should write new ones.

  • Chris R

    This Duchesne fellow is a Puerto Rican who is a staunch defender of Western civilization. I’m glad I’m not alone.

  • bubo

    I’ve read that one problem is that rich Chinese buy up lots of property in Vancouver and contribute heavily to the sky high real estate market which has displaced residents that can’t afford to live there anymore. That sort of thing tends to breed animosity.

    • John Smith

      Apartments are going for millions of dollars now. I was there about twenty-five years ago and crappy little houses were well over $250K CND, and that was before the Chinese started leaving Hong Kong in droves before the ChiComs took over.

  • DonReynolds

    Had the professor said the very opposite, it would not have triggered a racial complaint. So what is a sociology prof supposed to do? Say nothing, say the truth, ask students to say what they think? How can the students say anything if their professor is not permitted to?

    Teaching sociology is difficult. I did it for over a year at ITT Tech….hardly a major university for social sciences. What made it difficult was all the time I spent in the Dean’s office dealing with complaints about the topics in the sociology text book….which I did not select. The Dean kept saying…..I do not want any controversial topics discussed in class or in the lectures. I kept telling her….sociology is ONLY about controversial topics. It is the study of groups of people in society…..race, class, power, sexual orientation, gender, generation gap, etc and every single bit of it could be controversial to somebody.

  • The Dude

    Wait till you get a larger influx of Africans…

    • LackawannaErie

      What’s with the anti-French BS? The Quebec people are right to defend their culture. Why on earth would racially conscious non-Anglos want to merge with Anglos, who are the least identity-conscious, most PC whites? French ethnic identity is likely to prove a stronger tribe in the long term than American style liberal, culture-less “whiteness.” The desire of

      Comments like The Dude’s illustrate the subtle liberal and anti-identity attitudes that a lot of right wing Americans have. They can’t help but have insulting and condescending attitudes towards other whites, when they are the ones doing the least to stand up to the NWO.

      • The Dude

        I’m not denying there’s a French culture and that it should be preserved… in France.

        “Why on earth would racially conscious non-Anglos want to merge with Anglos”

        Well, here’s the thing: they’re not racially conscious! When you start importing non-white French-speakers en masse just because you’re afraid the Anglo next door might rub off on you, then you’re basically preferring non-Europeans over your fellow Europeans simply because they speak the same tongue. This is simply treaterous. And for what? To preserve one of the ugliest dialects of the French language I’ve ever heard!

        Most large groups of immigrants to the American continents had their dialects. The Irish had their own in New York, the Amish still have their dialect of German to this day, the German Brazilians had their own too, there’s the Appalachian English, and that French those guys at New Orleans speak. Most ot these were circumstancial and died out or are dying out amidst the typical American English.

        We can’t save every little thing! There are enough European nations, languages, and dialects as it is.

        And again, I’m not against Quebecers preserving their culture, whatever that is. I’m just saying if you have to import thousands of Third-Worlders for a tongue, then the hell with it.

      • corvinus

        Quebecois are notoriously left-wing. They have a lot in common with Alex Salmond’s SNP in Scotland in that regard. They don’t like white English-speakers, but have no problem with black and Muslim French-speakers.

  • WR_the_realist

    A university vice president defending academic freedom when it conflicts with diversity? I must be hallucinating.

  • John Smith

    How could a bunch of foreigners NOT change the character of a place? I haven’t been to Vancouver in over 20 years, but I’ve heard the issues with the Chinese moving in and have seen it on TV, with suburbs like Richmond having entire malls that have nothing but Chinese-oriented shops.

  • David Ashton

    Duchesne is brilliant. Our enemies trick to pick off our braver academics one by one. Help him by buying and promoting his (expensive) scholarly book “The Uniqueness of Western Civilization”.

  • NationalFront

    I was on the skytrain last night coming home and the train was going over a highway overpass so it was at quite a high elevation and I looked to my north and was a bit taken aback by the sight of this huge mosque. It had about eight golden minarets with the largest in the middle that must of been upwards of 40 meters tall. The whole structure including the minarets probably anywhere between 70 and 100 meters tall. The whole thing just sat there in the night with the fog faintly rapping around it. It must of been funded by Saudi money and purposefully made be imposing and intimidating. It was a terrible sight.

  • Paleoconn

    Dr. Duchesne deserves our support. Very brave of him to say what he said in a PC-whipped country, in a university no less

    • You can help by defending Prof. Duchesne’s freedom of speech by sending a polite mail to councilor Kerry Jang: [email protected]

      Since the ‘incident’ many Chinese have been visiting the Council of European Canadians (google it if you don’t know it yet!). Prof. Duchesne has now published my article there. Please read it if you have time and leave a comment.

  • Samuel Champlain

    Check out Council of European Canadians we need a voice

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Pray tell us where was Kerry Jang born??? Was it in Asia? Since he is Asian, he needs to shut his mouth and be greateful he is in a western country. If not, then let him go back to the oriental cesspool he came from.

  • dean53

    Everyone BUT American white (liberal) students see what’s going on. Years ago Clinton bragged about white Americans being a minority by 2050. A Mexican told me that if his president said that the people would kill him. Foreigners are amazed at the second class status of white Americans, and they see it clearly, once their vision adjusts.