The former Drexel University professor who made headlines after he tweeted last year that he wished for white genocide for Christmas has now accepted a position with New York University.
On December 28, George Ciccariello-Maher shared a Facebook post claiming he was resigning from Drexel at the end of the year. He claimed his decision to resign was due to “nearly a year of harassment by right-wing, white supremacist media outlets and internet mobs,” who supported “death threats and threats of violence directed against me and my family.”
Drexel’s own statement claimed that Ciccariello-Maher was pursuing “other opportunities.”
Ciccariello-Maher’s name first made news after he tweeted In 2016 claiming, “All I Want For Christmas is White Genocide.” While Ciccariello-Maher has maintained that his tweet was meant to be satire, Drexel issued a statement condemning his tweet.
The “white genocide” tweet is not Ciccariello-Maher’s only controversial tweet, however. In March 2017, he tweeted that seeing a guy giving a first class seat on a plane to a soldier made him want to vomit or “yell about Mosul”:
Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I'm trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.— George Ciccariello (@ciccmaher) March 26, 2017
After the shooting in Las Vegas in October, Ciccariello-Maher criticized the “white supremacist patriarchy” as a cause:
It's the white supremacist patriarchy, stupid.— George Ciccariello (@ciccmaher) October 2, 2017
Despite Ciccariello-Maher’s claim that academic freedom is under attack by right-wing outlets, he shared the news on his Facebook page that he was moving to NYU as a visiting scholar at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
NYU appears to have not yet issued a statement on Ciccariello-Maher.
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