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Drexel professor draws ire after posting ‘White Genocide’ tweet on Christmas

(Drexel University)

A professor of the Drexel University in Philadelphia, is probably in hot water after confessing on twitter that he wanted for Christmas was a “white genocide.”

The school was forced to issue a statement on christmas day of the year after George Ciccariello-Maher, a professor of politics and global studies, tweeted on his account, “all I want for Christmas is white genocide”, according to the blog Inside Higher Ed.

The tweet quickly went viral after many conservative websites and individuals spoke out against. Drexel was forced to issue condemnation.


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Drexel officials were forced to issue a statement on christmas day after Ciccariello-Maher sent this tweet.

“Drexel became aware today of Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher’s inflammatory tweet, which was posted on his personal Twitter account on Dec. 24, 2016,” reads the statement of the Drexel University officials. “While the university recognizes the right of faculty to freely express their thoughts and opinions in the public debate, Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s comments are highly objectionable, very disturbing, and in no way reflects the values of the university. The university takes the situation very seriously. We contacted Ciccariello-Maher today an appointment to discuss this matter in detail.”

Ciccariello-Maher, followed by a tweet on christmas day of the year for being contacted by the Drexel officials, according to Philly.com.


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The professor’s twitter account has since been set to private.

“For the sake of clarity: when the whites were massacre during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing, indeed,” he tweeted.

A bio on Drexel’s website says Ciccariello-Maher, “an expert and frequent media commentator on social movements, particularly in Latin America… “Ciccariello-Maher also teaches, does research and writes about race, racism, prisons and police in the US and internationally, including how race is associated with suspicion and guilt.”

It was not immediately clear what measures would be taken against the professor of the university.

Since the tweet went viral Ciccariello-Maher has made his Twitter feed private, so the tweets are no longer visible.

In an e-mail exchange with Inside Higher Ed, the professor said that the tweet was “satirical”, but added that he has received hundreds of death threats.

“On christmas Eve, I sent a satirical tweet about an imaginary concept of ‘white genocide,’ he said. “For those who still don’t bother to do their research, ‘white genocide’ is a concept invented by white supremacists and used to denounce everything from mixed relationships in multicultural policy.”

Ciccariello-Maher also said Drexler’s statement about the situation “chilling.”

“While upholding my right to free speech, it refers to my (satirical) tweets as” absolutely objectionable,” he said.” At the university level, moreover, this statement — in spite of the moderate defense of free speech — and sends a troubling message, and sets a nasty precedent. It allows untenured and temporary faculty not only to internal disciplinary investigation, but not less important, it stimulates sexual harassment as an effective means to reduce the impact of the university policies.”

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