George Ciccariello-Maher, an assistant professor at Drexel University who tweeted “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide,” is now claiming that his tweet was satire.
“On Christmas Eve, I sent out a satirical tweet about the imaginary concept, ‘white genocide,’” Ciccariello Maher told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “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). It is a figment of the racist imagination, it should be mocked, and I’m glad to have mocked it.”
Although Ciccariello-Maher claims that he was just trying to be humorous, Drexel University issued a statement calling his post “inflammatory” and “utterly reprehensible.”
“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,” the school’s statement read. “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 statement went on to note that the sch…
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