Professor calls for ‘White Genocide’ on Christmas Eve
Drexel ‘taking this situation very seriously’
Drexel University officials were forced to respond to a controversy on Christmas weekend after one of the school’s professors called for “white genocide” on Twitter.
George Ciccariello-Maher, associate professor of political science, tweeted to his nearly 11,000 followers on Sunday, “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.” That day, he also issued the “To clarify” tweet that “when the whites were massacred during the Haitian Revolution, that was a good thing indeed.”
Backlash at the comments, which he framed as a joke, soon prompted Drexel officials to intervene. The tweet was deleted and
Mr. Ciccariello-Maher’s account was locked from further public viewing.
“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,” Drexel said in a statement Sunday evening. “The University is taking this situation very seriously. We contacted Ciccariello-Maher today to arrange a meeting to discuss this matter in detail.”
The Daily Caller noted that Mr. Ciccariello-Maher’s defense of his tweet as a joke — “white isn’t a race” — is belied by previous racial commentary.
“Yacub made a lot of white folks,” the professor tweeted Feb. 3, 2013, the website reported before his account was locked. Nation of Islam theology claims white people were created as a “race of devils” by the scientist Yacub.
“Abolish the White Race” the professor also tweeted June 8, 2015, the website reported.
In an email Monday, Mr. Ciccariello-Maher told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he was satirizing the “imaginary concept” of white genocide, calling it an invention of white supremacists.
The professor said Drexel’s statement “sends a chilling message” and claimed to have received numerous death threats.
The Drexel kerfuffle comes just days after the University of Wisconsin-Madison made national headlines by defending its upcoming “Problem of Whiteness” course, and the website Buzzfeed published a story detailing the “plague” of white people.
“We believe this course, which is one of thousands offered at our university, will benefit students who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of race issues. The course is a challenge and response to racism of all kinds,” the UW — Madison’s Dec. 19 statement read in part. “All UW — Madison students are welcome in courses like this, which is not designed to offend individuals or single out an ethnic group.”
“All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
— George Ciccariello-Maher, Drexel University associate professor, in a tweet