A Drexel University professor who said his "white genocide" tweet was meant to be satirical is facing public backlash and was admonished by his employer.
George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor at the university's department of politics, posted on his Twitter account, which has been set to private, a message that reads: "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide," the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
He followed it up with a second tweet Christmas Day that read: "To clarify, when the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing indeed," The Huffington Post reported.
The 1791 Haitian Revolution was one of the largest African slave uprisings in the Caribbean that led to the independence of the former French colony and helped end the slave trade in Europe, Slate noted.
"On Christmas Eve, I sent a satirical tweet about an imaginary concept, 'white genocide,'" Ciccariello-Maher told the 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."
Many did not share his attempt at satire, with various websites and commenters on Twitter taking the professor to task for the post.
"Drexel University associate professor of political science George Ciccariello-Maher has a long history of espousing racist views towards white people on Twitter and has at times supported genocide," said Alex Pfeiffer, a writer with the Daily Caller.
Breitbart writer Warner Todd Huston said, "The professor's Twitter feed is filled with hateful, obnoxious messages, anti-Americanism, slams of President Donald Trump, attacks on Jews, as well as pro-Black Lives Matter and pro-communist sloganeering. He also tweeted a picture of a 'Make America Great Again' hat set on fire."
Drexel University said in a statement that it has contacted Ciccariello-Maher for a meeting to "discuss this matter in detail" slamming the professor's online comments as "inflammatory."
"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," Drexel said in its statement.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ciccariello-Maher pushed back, saying the university lacked "understanding either the content or the context of the tweets."
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