PHILADELPHIA – A Drexel University professor has been summoned for a meeting with the officials of the school after he tweeted, “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
George Ciccariello-Maher, who is white, is an associate professor of politics at the Philadelphia university. His online biography says his academic specialties are “race and racism.”
Drexel condemned the Twitter message as “totally objectionable” and “highly disturbing.” The school says in a statement it is “taking this situation very seriously” and has contacted the professor to meet.
Ciccariello-Maher tells The Associated Press by e-mail Monday that the christmas Eve tweet was meant to be satirical. He says that he is mocking what he called the “imaginary” concept of the “white genocide,” which, he says, was invented by white racists. He says Drexel’s declaration “sends a disturbing message.”