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Drexel Professor: Death Threats 'Unsustainable,' I Resign

Drexel Professor: Death Threats 'Unsustainable,' I Resign

George Ciccariello-Maher, associate professor of political science at Drexel University, is resigning following death threats after his controversial tweets. (Screengrab via MSNBC)

By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 02:13 PM

A Drexel University professor who faced death threats after he posted last Christmas Eve that all he wanted for the holidays was "white genocide" has announced he is leaving the university effective Sunday.

George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies, posted a lengthy message on Twitter Thursday saying he will "no longer work" at Drexel after Dec. 31.

"This is not a decision I take lightly; 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," Ciccariello-Maher wrote.

"Staying at Drexel in the eye of this storm has become detrimental to my own writing, speaking, and organizing," he continued.

On Christmas Eve, 2016, Ciccariello-Maher posted the controversial tweet, "All I want for Christmas is White Genocide," which he claimed was a joke, but university officials called it "utterly reprehensible" and "deeply disturbing," according to PhillyVoice.

In March he created more controversy by complaining about people thanking a U.S. soldier on an airplane.

Drexel placed Ciccariello-Maher on administrative leave in October response to violent threats he received after posting a series of tweets where he blamed the Oct. 1 shooting massacre in Las Vegas on "Trumpism," PhillyVoice reported. Stephen Paddock killed 58 concertgoers and wounded 500 more in a shooting rampage at an outdoor festival there. A motive was never given for the attack.

Drexel acknowledged Ciccariello-Maher's resignation and issued a statement.

"Drexel University has accepted his resignation and recognizes 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," the university stated.

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