A slew of Cornell professors have come out in defense of the “white genocide” professor from Drexel University. They are petitioning for the embattled teacher to get his job back following his placement on administrative leave when he made more controversial online comments, blaming the Las Vegas massacre on “whiteness” and “Trumpism”. Drexel placed Professor George Ciccariello-Maher on administrative leave citing a security measure as their official reason after the professor received multiple death threats following his comments relating to the Las Vegas mass shooting.
A total of 70 Cornell professors have participated in the petition. They want to see the ‘white genocide’ guy get his job back.
That provocative Drexel professor goes by the name of George Ciccariello-Maher. He’s a tenured political science teacher famous for writing on his Twitter account last year, “All I want for Christmas is white genocide.”
Ciccariello-Maher was suspended following his comments, blaming “Trumpism” and “whiteness” for the mass shooting in Las Vegas. His suspension has inspired numerous petitions, including the one from Cornell, demanding that this professor gets reinstated asap.
“It was incumbent on Drexel University to defend [Ciccariello-Maher’s] academic freedom,” said the professors in their petition. “Drexel University’s Provost unilaterally suspended Professor Ciccariello-Maher without providing a hearing or even consulting with a duly constituted faculty body.”
The petition also included the statement, “Professor Ciccariello-Maher is only the latest in a growing list of academics, particularly scholars of color, facing sanctions from employers who see fit to capitulate to the right-wing’s campaign to suppress academic freedom.”
These 70 professors, who totally hate censorship, want to see Mr. Ciccariello-Maher back in his full time position. The embattled professor is still teaching online courses, but has been removed from his role as an in-person lecturer.
What Did The ‘White Genocide’ Guy Write This Time?
Well, this time, he took to the internet, labeling the mass shooting in Las Vegas as being emblematic to the toxic issues pertaining to “whiteness,” particularly that of “lashing out” when your white privileged power structure is “threatened.”
“White people and men are told that they are entitled to everything. This is what happens when they don’t get what they want,” said Ciccariello-Maher following the massacre in Las Vegas, which left 59 people dead.
Mr. Ciccariello-Maher didn’t stop there. He later blamed the Las Vegas shooting on “whiteness” and “Trumpism.”
On Tuesday, the controversial professor received another petition. This petition is from the California Scholars of Academic Freedom, which states, “‘security’ [from threats, allegedly the reason Drexel suspended the professor] cannot be a cover for administrative retreat from the facts.”
Ciccariello-Maher wasn’t done blaming an entire race on the actions of deranged individuals. Regarding the recent shooting at a Texas church (which left 26 people dead), he asked independent news program Democracy Now!, “What is it that makes white men so prone to this kind of behavior?”
The professor concluded his race-based argument with, “Whiteness is a structure of privilege and it’s a structure of power, and a structure that, when it feels threatened, you know, lashes out.”
“More and more, professors like me are being targeted by a coordinated right-wing campaign to undermine our academic freedom,” wrote Ciccariello-Maher on an October 10th column for The Washington Post, “one that relies on misrepresentation and sometimes outright lying, and often puts us and our students in danger.”
What Did He Mean By “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide”?
Professor George Ciccariello-Maher says that he wrote the “white genocide” tweet to mock the idea of a “white genocide,” which he says is a conspiracy theory promoted by white supremacists, and “a figment of the racist imagination.”
Ciccariello-Maher wrote, “‘White genocide’ is an idea invented by white supremacists … It is a figment of the racist imagination, it should be mocked, and I’m glad to have mocked it.”
However, a day after he sent out the “white genocide for Christmas” tweet, he sent out another tweet which said, “To clarify: when the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing indeed.”