NYU Hires Professor Who Tweeted About Wanting ‘White Genocide’ For Christmas

ashley.rae | January 3, 2018
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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”:

After the shooting in Las Vegas in October, Ciccariello-Maher criticized the “white supremacist patriarchy” as a cause:

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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