A Drexel University professor — who said last December the only thing he wanted for Christmas was “white genocide” and blamed “white people and men” for the Las Vegas massacre — blasted "whiteness" following Sunday's church shooting in Texas.
George Ciccariello-Maher, who teaches political science at the Philadelphia college, told Democracy Now! "whiteness is a structure of privilege and it’s a structure of power ... that when it feels threatened ... lashes out."
What else did the professor say?
- "What is it that makes white men so prone to this kind of behavior?" he asked during the interview. "And what might be going on today in our country, in which people are stoking a sort of victim complex among white men?"
- "[President Donald] Trump makes hay out of the fact that white men in particular feel as though they’re the victims of this society despite being in absolute control of it," Ciccariello-Maher added. "And this is something that is powerfully dangerous, and it’s why we’re not seeing only the rise in violent attacks more generally and the rise of far-right movements, but we’re certainly seeing ... some very serious incidents of mass violence as well."
What else did the interviewer bring up?
- Amy Goodman noted to Ciccariello-Maher that reporting delays regarding the Texas shooter's identity "led us to believe it must be a white man who did this, because we would have known, I think, right away if the person was a person of color or certainly Muslim."
How did Ciccariello-Maher respond?
- He agreed: "I think there’s a lot of attention to the fact that we demonize often Muslims or ... other people of color when these attacks occur. The far right, of course, jumps on any violence by people of color and yet ... doesn’t want to talk about the real deep structures of white supremacy in our society."
- Ciccariello-Maher added to Democracy Now! that the problem doesn't exist only within "fringe" groups and "Nazi movements" but also within everyday white people who "feel so entitled to dominance that when that’s questioned, they can explode in these very, very unpredictable ways."
Here's the Democracy Now! interview:
Ciccariello-Maher also stirred up controversy this past spring, tweeting that he wanted to “vomit” after watching a first-class passenger give up his seat to a uniformed solider. The former Navy SEAL credited with killing Osama bin Laden ripped the professor's comments.
Drexel placed Ciccariello-Maher on administrative leave last month over campus "safety" concerns following his statements about the Las Vegas massacre. Prior to that the college reportedly put together “a special committee of inquiry to investigate” Ciccariello-Maher’s “extremely damaging conduct.”