While everyone was celebrating the holidays over the weekend, a professor at Drexel University tweeted on Christmas Eve: “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
The tweet of a Christmas wish calling for genocide to end white supremacy by Professor George Ciccariello-Maher, who teaches politics and global studies at the Pennsylvania university, spread like wildfire Saturday night, Dec. 24.
Conservatives and liberals alike slammed the statement. He later responded, saying it was meant as satire and political commentary.
This controversial posting forced Drexel University to make a public statement on Christmas Day, posted on Twitter and in a press release:
“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. While the University recognizes the right of its faculty to freely express their thoughts and opinions in public debate, Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s comments are utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing, and do not in any way reflect the values of the University. The University is taking this situation very seriously. We contacted Ciccariello-Maher today to arrange a meeting to discuss this matter in detail.”
Professor George Ciccariello-Maher’s tweets are set to private, but screenshots of the tweet have been reported on by the Pennsylvania Inquirer and shared on social media.
He told the Pennsylvania Inquirer in an email, “On Christmas Eve, I sent a satirical tweet about an imaginary concept, ‘white genocide.’ For those who haven’t bothered to do their research, ‘white genocide’ is an idea invented by white supremacists and used to denounce everything from interracial relationships to multicultural policies (and most recently, against a tweet by State Farm Insurance).” He continued, “It is a figment of the racist imagination, it should be mocked, and I’m glad to have mocked it.”
Some have stood behind Ciccariello-Maher, supporting his right for free speech in a petition of more than 7,000 signatures and understanding his intent to make a point with his tweet.
The professor’s supporters also say that Drexel’s statement misinterprets the tweet and inadvertently allies the university with white supremacists or fascists.
By the way, more than half of children in the United States are expected to be of a racial minority by 2020, the Census Bureau stated back in 2014. With that, the minority population — that is, non-whites — will reach 56% by 2060.