Pro­fes­sor calls for ‘White Geno­cide’ on Christ­mas Eve

Drexel ‘tak­ing this sit­u­a­tion very se­ri­ously’

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY DOU­GLAS ERNST

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

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