A Drexel University professor was summoned to a meeting with school officials after he tweeted something very inappropriate on Christmas Eve. He sent a message wishing for ‘White Genocide.’
George Ciccariello-Maher, who is a white associate professor of politics at the Philadelphia university, made an official statement to The Associated Press by email Monday. He said that his Christmas Eve message to nearly 11,000 Twitter followers, ‘All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide,’ was meant to be sarcastic.
However, Drexel University wasn’t amused, they condemned Ciccariello-Maher’s tweet. Officials at Drexel stated that they are ‘taking this situation very seriously.’
‘While the University recognizes the right of its faculty to freely express their thoughts and opinions in public debate, Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s comments are utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing, and do not in any way reflect the values of the University,’
Ciccariello-Maher’s biography mentions that his academic specialties include ‘race and racism.’ Apparently, Drexel said he didn’t understand ‘the content or the context’ of his tweets.
The professor told AP he was simply mocking what he called the ‘imaginary concept’ of white genocide, which he says was invented by white supremacists.
He went on to say that:
‘It is a figment of the racist imagination, it should be mocked, and I’m glad to have mocked it,’
To make matter worse, Ciccariello-Maher followed up his initial tweet by literally praising the massacre of Whites in Haiti that happened over two centuries ago during the country’s slave uprising.
Even though he has a private Twitter account, he is a prolific tweeter, and his weekend messages spread quickly online.
He mentioned that he received hundreds of death threats. The professor went on to complain that Drexel’s statement ‘sends a chilling message.’
Ciccariello-Maher sent an email on Monday that the tweets were only supposed to be poking fun at White supremacists, and that he and Drexel had become targets of a smear campaign. Idiot.
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