The tweet of the Drexel associate professor caused great condemnation.
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A professor that led to widespread backlash after he tweeted “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide” claimed on Monday that his critics — some of whom were “violent racists” — just not for the joke.
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Drexel University administrators clearly thought George Ciccariello-Maher tweet was not to laugh. “The University is taking this situation very seriously. We contacted Ciccariello-Maher today an appointment to discuss this matter in detail,” they said in a statement.
Ciccariello-Maher, who is white and an associate professor of politics at the Philadelphia university, fired back in a statement to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “While Drexel is nothing but supportive in the past, this statement is worrying… I regularly give on the history of the genocidal practices such as colonialism and slavery, genocide carried out by the very same kind of violent racists who sweep me today.”
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Drexel declaration continued, “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 associate professor, whose online biography claimed that his academic specialties included “race and racism,” said the Drexel apparently do not understand “the content or the context of his tweets. The professor told The Associated Press he was mocking what he called the “imaginary” concept of white genocide, which, he says, was invented by white racists.
Ciccariello-Maher followed up his first tweet by praising the “slaughter of whites in Haiti during the country’s slave uprising and revolution more than two centuries ago.
Although his Twitter account is personal, he is a prolific tweeter with more than 11,000 followers, and his weekend messages spread quickly online. He said he has received hundreds of death threats and alleged Drexel’s declaration “sends a disturbing message.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.