By Gabrielle Seunagal
Drexel University Professor George Ciccariello-Maher has recently come under fire for tweets and comments promoting violence and fatality towards white people. Many Americans have expressed their discontentment with Ciccariello-Maher’s remarks, especially on Christmas Eve when he tweeted, “All I Want For Christmas is White Genocide.” The professor later deleted the tweet, claiming it to be a joke, but a plethora of Americans were not amused. Following the backlash, Ciccariello-Maher stated that “white is not a race.”
Drexel University publicly stated that the professor’s comments were “utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing,” and in complete contrast with the institution’s values. The Daily Reporter announced that Ciccariello-Maher was scheduled to meet with university authorities to discuss his remarks. It is astounding that the professor has not been fired: his commentary is inexcusably racist and promotes division, which is the last thing America needs. If an instructor made the exact same statements about black people, he would be fired within hours. Racism should never be tolerated.
Ciccariello-Maher’s statements about white not being a race directly contrasts with his earlier declarations in which he says, “Yacub made a lot of white folks.” Yacub is a Nation of Islam deity; NOI followers believe that Yacub created the white race as ‘devils.’ The professor’s racist and divisive remarks have no place anywhere, let alone on a college campus where people in his position are authority figures and supposed to serve as role models to young people. What message does it send to the students of Drexel University when Ciccariello-Maher is permitted to spew derogatory, bigoted rhetoric?
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