A leftist college professor who infamously declared last December that the only thing he wanted for Christmas was “white genocide” and blamed “white people and men” for the Las Vegas massacre is resigning.
George Ciccariello-Maher, who teaches political science at Drexel University, announced his resignation Thursday. He said he’ll no longer work at the Philadelphia school after Sunday.
Ciccariello-Maher noted that “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. Staying at Drexel in the eye of this storm has become detrimental to my own writing, speaking, and organizing.”
He added that, “We are at war, and academia is a crucial front in that war. This is why the Right is targeting campuses with thinly veiled provocations disguised as free speech.”
More from Ciccariello-Maher’s resignation note:
Tenured faculty need to defend the rights of all faculty, at all levels, from attacks by the Right and white supremacists. Only then can we build campus solidarities that transcend such artificial boundaries among faculty — and beyond, to campus workers and students as well — solidarities that will be the last line of defense in what is today a losing battle for universities. We need to fight to defend our place in academia against assault from the racist Right, but we urgently need to realize that the struggle for academia is part of a far broader fight.
In the past year, the forces of resurgent white supremacy have tasted blood and are howling for more. Given the pressure they will continue to apply, university communities must form a common front against the most reprehensible forces in society and refuse to bow to their pressure, intimidation, and threats. Only then will universities stand any chance of survival.
He concluded: “In the face of aggression from the racist Right and impending global catastrophe, we must defend our universities, our students, and ourselves by defending the most vulnerable among us and by making our campuses unsafe spaces for white supremacists.”
What else has Ciccariello-Maher said?
In addition to wishing for “white genocide” last Christmas and blaming “white people and men” for the Las Vegas massacre, Ciccariello-Maher also:
- Blasted “whiteness” after the deadly Texas church shooting in early November.
- Stirred up controversy in the 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 in October 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.”
(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)