CSU Professor Under Fire For Promoting ‘Racist Eugenics Ideology’

Calls for action are mounting against a Cal State University East Bay professor accused of promoting racist eugenics.

The beliefs and writings of Gregory Christainsen were raised by attendees at a recent CSU Board of Trustees meeting. According to the Los Angeles Times, Christainsen’s writings “include passages in which he compares the brain sizes and IQs of sub-Saharan Africans and Latinos to whites and Europeans, attributes the wealth of nations to those IQs, and rationalizes employment and pay discrimination along racial, ethnic and gender lines.” These theories – popularized by the 1994 book The Bell Curve – have been widely debunked.

Critics have called for the revocation of Christiainsen's emeritus status. CSU officials have not said whether they’re considering this option, but they did issue the following statement:

“The statements and views expressed by this faculty member are antithetical to the core values of Cal State East Bay, which is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that values diversity and fosters tolerance and mutual respect. ... It is important to note, however, that as a public institution of higher education, we are bound to uphold 1st Amendment guarantees of free thought and speech, including when — and in fact especially when — we strongly disagree with and find repulsive the viewpoints offered, as long as the expression is lawful and comports with our campus time, place, and manner policies.”


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

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