by Amna El Tawil
Just when you think nothing can surprise you anymore, there’s always a person who says or does something stupid and changes your mind. A Drexel University professor decided to take the opportunity for Christmas time, the time of love and togetherness, to call for “white genocide” on this now-protected Twitter account.
More precisely, on Christmas Eve, George Ciccariello-Maher, associate professor of politics and global studies at the Philadelphia-based university, tweeted: “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide” to more than 10k followers.
He attempted to clarify his tweet saying: “To clarify: when the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing indeed.”
— John Rivers: Gab???? (@JohnRiversX4) December 26, 2016
Drexel University released a statement calling the comments utterly reprehensible and deeply disturbing adding that professor’s tweets “do not in any way reflect the values of the University.” On the official Twitter account, the statement said as follows: “Drexel became aware today of Assoc. Prof. 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, Prof. 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 Prof. Ciccariello-Maher today to arrange a meeting to discuss this matter in detail.”
(5/6) deeply disturbing, and do not in any way reflect the values of the University. The University is taking this situation very seriously
— Drexel University (@DrexelUniv) December 26, 2016
“White Genocide” was trending on Twitter on various occasions throughout the holiday weekend, with most people expressing outrage at the comments.