December 27, 2016
The White Genocide Professor, George Ciccariello-Maher, has written a lengthy email to the Jewish feminist website Jezebel saying he is not sorry for his tweet.
His is sorry, however, that whites got angry about it and caused him to face consequences for his actions.
On Christmas Eve, I sent a satirical tweet about an imaginary concept, “white genocide.” 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.
What I am not glad about is that this satirical tweet became fodder for online white supremacists to systematically harass me and my employer, Drexel University. Beginning with Breitbart.com—formerly the domain of Special Counselor to the President-Elect, Steve Bannon—and running through the depths of Reddit discussion boards, a coordinated smear campaign was orchestrated to send mass tweets and emails to myself, my employer, and my colleagues. I have received hundreds of death threats.
Drexel University issued a statement on the matter, apparently without understanding either the content or the context of the tweets. While Drexel has been nothing but supportive in the past, this statement is worrying. While upholding my right to free expression, the statement refers to my (satirical) tweets as “utterly reprehensible.” What is most unfortunate is that this statement amounts to caving to the truly reprehensible movements and organizations that I was critiquing. On the university level, moreover, this statement—despite a tepid defense of free speech—sends a chilling message and sets a frightening precedent. It exposes untenured and temporary faculty not only to internal disciplinary scrutiny, but equally importantly, it encourages harassment as an effective means to impact university policies.
As my students will attest, my classroom is a free-for-all of ideas, in which anyone is welcome to their opinions, but expected to defend those opinions with argument. I teach regularly on the history of genocidal practices like colonialism and slavery—genocides carried out by the very same kind of violent racists who are smearing me today. That violent racism will now have a voice in the White House is truly frightening—I am not the first and I won’t be the last to be harassed and threatened by Bannon, Trump, and co.
White supremacy is on the rise, and we must fight it by any means. In that fight, universities will need to choose whether they are on the side of free expression and academic debate, or on the side of the racist mob.
“Hundreds of death threats.”
The Jews in Whitefish are claiming they’ve received “hundreds of death threats” and yet the police there say they have yet to see a single one.
This “hundreds of death threats” nonsense has got to end at some point. All of these people claim to be receiving “hundreds of death threats,” and yet no one is ever arrested, there are never any investigations.
Look: it is illegal to send death threats. If you are sent a death threat, and you tell the police – and all of these people tell the police – they will look for the person who sent it and most likely they will find them and they will be arrested, or at least charged with sending malicious communications.
So someone claiming to have received “hundreds of death threats” when there is no arrest or investigation, is lying. And when a media outlet reports that claim without question, it is what I like to call “fake news.”
As far as “blah blah blah responding to racist mob” – yes.
We are a bloc now with power. Institutions respond to us. A year ago, this same university wouldn’t have blinked before responding to complaints with a generic “we support the free expression of our teachers” blurb. And not a statement on their own site. It would just be a statement to media.
In another years time, attacking whites will be treated in the same way as attacking Jews is presently treated.
This is what winning looks like, people.
You’d better get used to it.
Sargon of Akkad did a video about this that is actually good.
I told you long ago he was going to have to end up on our side.
Now he just has to explain why he lied about having a black grandfather so he can join Club Nazi.
Seriously, I don’t think he can really be a quadroon.
I think he just made that up to seem interesting.