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70 Cornell professors pledge support for Drexel teacher suspended over controversial tweets

Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher has regularly placed the blame for the mass executions on the “whiteness.”

Dozens of Cornell University faculty members pledged their support for the Drexel University professor who was placed on leave after the claim of “white victimization” was the fault of the Las Vegas killing spree.

It is the white supremacist patriarchy, stupid.

— George Ciccariello (@ciccmaher) October 2, 2017

Seventy university professors have signed a letter on Wednesday to protest against the university decision to take disciplinary action against George Ciccariello-Maher, saying that it infringed on the academic freedoms, reported The Cornell Daily Sun.

“Drexel’ s failure to protect this freedom sets a dangerous precedent for researchers and students everywhere,” Alexander Livingston, a government professor at Cornell, told the newspaper in an e-mail.

Ciccariello-He was on leave for the tweets that he made on Oct. 2 blame it on the Las Vegas massacre “Trumpism” and “white victimization.”

The professor confirmed his position on mass shootings during an interview with Democracy Now! earlier this week, suggesting “whiteness” is to blame for the Texas shooting massacre at a church on Sunday.

“Whiteness is never seen as a cause, in and of itself, this kind of bloodshed,” Ciccariello-Maher told the news outlet on Monday, adding, “despite the fact that whiteness is a structure of privilege and it is a structure of power, and a structure that, when it feels threatened, you know, lashes out.”

Ciccariello-Maher, who now only teaches online classes, said the public should be asking questions such as: “What makes white people so susceptible to this kind of behavior?”

In the letter, Cornell states Ciccariello-Maher’s comments were made outside the grounds of the campus, and should not impact on jobs in the Drexel, reported The Sun.

“Academic freedom is very clear, and absolutely correct, extends to extramural political speech,” Cornell Prof. David Bateman told the newspaper. “There is no ambiguity there is, and so the argument that he should be held liable, without a due process hearing for the views that if a citizen is simply wrong.”

The petition was also signed by the American Association of University Professors, the paper reported.

A White Man

— George Ciccariello (@ciccmaher) October 2, 2017

After the massacre in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Ciccariello-Maher retweeted the controversial tweet he sent after the Las Vegas shooting: “A White Man.”

This professor has a history of controversial tweets. In 2016, he tweeted: “all I want for Christmas is white genocide.”

When asked to comment, Ciccariello-Maher told Fox News: “I don’t talk with mercenaries.”

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

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