Dec 27, 2016 04:44 AM EST
Drexel University Professor Claims 'White Genocide' Tweet Was Satire
A Drexel University professor was slammed for his tweet about "white genocide." Apparently, the educator wants this as a Christmas gift.
CBS News reported that George Ciccariello-Maher, associate professor of politics at Drexel University in Philadelphia and a white man, was summoned to a meeting with school officials for his post. On Christmas Eve, he tweeted a message saying, "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide."
The university deemed the tweet as "inflammatory." It also condemned Ciccariello-Maher's comments as "utterly reprehensible" and "deeply disturbing."
In a statement on Christmas Day, the school revealed that it is taking the issue very seriously. School officials have scheduled a meeting with the professor for a detailed discussion on the matter. The university added that Ciccariello-Maher's comments are not a reflection of the values of the institution.
Aside from the eyebrow-raising "white genocide" tweet, the professor followed it up with a post about the Haitian revolution. "To clarify: when the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing indeed," Ciccariello-Maher said in another tweet.
According to Philly.com, the Drexel University professor revealed that his tweets were misinterpreted satire. His bio says that he is an expert and frequent media commentator on social movements. Some of his favorite topics are about race, racism, prisons and policing in the U.S.
Ciccariello-Maher clarified that his satirical tweet was about an imaginary concept, called "white genocide." Apparently, it was a concept created by white supremacists which they used to denounce interracial relationships to multicultural policies.
"It is a figment of the racist imagination," he wrote in an email, "it should be mocked, and I'm glad to have mocked it."
He also criticized Drexel's statement and sees is at unfortunate since it means that the school may be caving in to the "reprehensible movements and organizations" that he was criticizing. Ciccariello-Maher expressed his concern over how the institution could use harassment to implement university policies especially to untenured and temporary faculty.
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