A Drexel University professor, who has been under fire after he wished for a “white genocide” this Christmas, is also known for calling “reverse-racism” a myth and advocating the abolition of the police.
George Ciccariello-Maher, himself a white man and an associate professor of politics and global studies at the Philadelphia university, has sparked a controversy after he tweeted: “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
The media immediately reacted to the tweet, mostly decrying the professor’s blatant racism. He then offered an explanation for the tweet, claiming that sometimes genocide is a good thing, citing the Haitian revolution.
He also told The Inquirer that it was merely a “satirical tweet about an imaginary concept ‘white genocide.'”
He added: “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.”
Despite Ciccariello-Maher’s defense, Drexel University responded by saying his comments are “utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing.”
“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’s statement said. “The University is taking this situation very seriously. We contacted Ciccariello-Maher today to arrange a meeting to discuss this matter in detail.”
However, while Ciccariello-Maher decries his Christmas wish as satire, he has a long history of advocating radical politics in the public sphere. He slammed the idea that white people can be the victims of racism, advocated disbanding the police, and claimed “riots work.”
In an article for far-left Counterpunch on the trial of George Zimmerman, he criticized the idea of “reverse-racism,” saying it’s a “myth perpetuated by an aggrieved white America.”
He wrote: “While I can’t speak for Jeantel [Trayvon Martin’s friend who gave testimony in court] it instead seems that she was astutely asserting the fact that so-called “reverse racism” is nothing more than a myth perpetuated by an aggrieved white America, that without structural power, there is no such thing as racism. The pursuit was racist, not the name Trayvon Martin had apparently given it.”
In an article for Salon titled “We must disband the police: Body cameras aren’t enough — only radical change will stop cops who kill,” the professor argued that the police must be disbanded and people should instead govern themselves and others — known as “abolition-democracy” — without the interference of outside forces, which is the police, according to him.
“Since the police in the U.S. were originally slavecatchers, abolition-democracy was a kind of democracy that could only exist without the police, and the result was greater equality for everyone: women and men, Black and white,” he wrote.
“Radical Reconstruction was beaten back by white terror, and instead of abolition-democracy, we got the police,” adding “the police and the courts became the most important mechanisms to uphold white supremacy—and nothing has changed.”
Lastly, in another article for Salon, which had the sub-headline stating “The police—not to mention capitalism—have done far more to damage Baltimore than any riot could,” the radical professor attacked “Mainstream media” for criticizing rioters in Baltimore back in 2015.
He wrote: “Riots work. But despite the obviousness of the point, an entire chorus of media, police, and self-appointed community leaders continue to try to convince us otherwise, hammering into our heads a narrative of a nonviolence that has never worked on its own, based on a mythical understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.”