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UNB prof's allegedly racist views spark complaint

01/07/2015 08:34 EST | Updated 03/09/2015 05:59 EDT
The University of New Brunswick is being asked to investigate the allegedly racist views of a sociology professor, who argues that the influx of Asian immigrants is threatening Canada's European character.

Kerry Jang, a Vancouver city councillor, launched the complaint against Ricardo Duchesne. Jang said 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, and said Duchesne was damaging the university’s reputation.

Jang said UNB should consider pulling Duchesne out of the classroom.

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

CBC News has asked the university for an update on what actions, if any, it promised to take against the professor.

The administration was unable to provide an answer or an interview on Tuesday.

​Duchesne teaches sociology at UNB where he challenges students to rethink the values of multiculturalism. He said whites are being beaten down in their own countries.  

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

The professor has some very 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, the 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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