Drexel University’s “white genocide” professor, George Ciccariello-Maher, has quit following a full year of controversies. The professor blames “right-wing, white-supremacist media outlets” and “internet mobs” for his predicament.
The tenured professor made waves in the media last Christmas when he wrote on Twitter, “All I Want For Christmas Is White Genocide.” He doubled down on his initial statement, referring to the Haitian revolution, which saw the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, many of them black Haitians, and over 25,000 white colonists.
The tweets earned him condemnation from the media, as well as Drexel University, where he taught politics and global studies. The university described his remarks as “inflammatory,” “utterly reprehensible,” and “deeply disturbing.”
Later in 2017, Ciccariello-Maher was cornered by Tucker Carlson after he wrote a series of tweets admitting that the idea of giving U.S. soldiers first-class airplane tickets made him want to “vomit.” His incendiary remarks earned the professor nationwide headlines.
The professor also blamed “the white-supremacist patriarchy” for mass shootings following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. He was suspended following his comments. The school stated that their decision was motivated by unspecified threats toward the professor.
The professor has also written tweets expressing support for the Antifa movement, posing with personalized shirts with the words “Nazi Hunter” on them.
Ciccariello-Maher has quit following year-long controversies, and explained his decision in a lengthy Facebook post.
“This is not a decision I take lightly,” he wrote. “However, after nearly a year of harassment by right-wing, white-supremacist media outlets and internet mobs, after death threats and threats of violence directed against me and my family, my situation has become unsustainable. Staying at Drexel in the eye of this storm has become detrimental to my own writing, speaking, and organizing.”
“[T]enure is a crucial buffer against those who would use money to dictate the content of higher education,” he continued. “But in a neoliberal academy, such protections are far from absolute. We are all a single outrage campaign away from having no rights at all, as my case and many others make clear. The difference between tenure-track and the untenured adjunct majority — which has far more to do with luck than merit — is a difference in degree not in kind.”
The Philadelphia-based university confirmed that it has accepted his resignation, stating that it recognized “the significant scholarly contributions that Professor Ciccariello-Maher has made to the field of political thought and his service to the Drexel University community as an outstanding classroom teacher.”
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