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Dozens of Cornell profs protest suspension of ‘white genocide’ professor

Instructor criticizes ‘fascist harassment on campus’

Cornell professors are rallying around an instructor who once spoke approvingly about the race-based mass murder of white people.

“Scores of professors signed a letter on Wednesday protesting Drexel University’s decision to put a professor on leave after he said ‘white patriarchy’ was a cause of mass shootings in the U.S.,” The Cornell Daily Sun reports.

The professor in question, George Ciccariello-Maher, tweeted after the recent Las Vegas massacre that “white supremacist patriarchy” was a contributing factor to the shooting.

Drexel subsequently suspended Ciccariello-Maher as a “necessary step to ensure the safety of our campus,” according to a Drexel spokeswoman.

Ciccariello-Maher told The Sun that it was “incredibly encouraging to see seventy faculty members from Cornell taking such a strong stand in support of academic freedom and against fascist harassment on campus.”

The professor has previously advocated the ethnic extermination of white people. “All I want for Christmas is white genocide,” he tweeted last Christmas. In subsequent media appearances, Ciccariello-Maher defended his call for massacring white people.

From The Sun:

Cornell professors, in their letter, said these statements, which were made outside of the university environment, are not meant to influence his employment at Drexel.

The faculty at Cornell join a number of petitioners, including the American Association of University Professors, who are criticizing Drexel for taking disciplinary action against the professor. These groups say it was incumbent on Drexel to defend Ciccariello-Maher’s academic freedom.

“Academic freedom is the first principle of the modern university,” Prof. Alexander Livingston, government, told The Sun in an email. “It protects students and faculty to pursue the truth and understand their world, even where this pursuit is unpopular or controversial.”

“Drexel’s failure to protect this freedom sets a dangerous precedent for scholars and students everywhere,” Livingston added.

Prof. Matthew Evangelista, government, said that as long as people disagree, academic freedom is necessary. “If people expressed only uncontroversial views and everyone agreed on everything,” it would not be necessary, he said.

Ciccariello-Maher is still allowed to teach online courses, The Sun reports.

Read the whole article here.

MORE: Drexel University ‘white genocide’ prof gets sympathetic portrayal in local media

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  • skillett

    Would they have rallied to support free speech of a moderate right wing professor ? Hard to know as they are few and far between. But my guess is a conservative would have been hung out to dry.

  • Larry Moran

    “It protects students and faculty to pursue the truth…” Great writing. I always find great writers in the ‘studies’ departments.

  • Chip Kusmaul

    Prof. Matthew Evangelista, government, said that as long as people
    disagree, academic freedom is necessary. “If people expressed only
    uncontroversial views and everyone agreed on everything,” it would not
    be necessary, he said.

    Sure, and this is why he has rushed to the defense of Richard Spencer. Ha ha. Just kidding.

  • martqbdlve

    THIS COLLEGE has too much money. They really employee people to teach the studies listed in the letter.

  • Mike Steele

    a Jew calling for the msss extermination of the entire white race huh? Imagine if it was the other way around! Jews just can’t figure out why they are so hated!

  • ItsOK2kek

    What is taught in the university of today is the government policy of tomorrow.

  • wacko f

    So i can hope someone shoots or hangs this guy? Like and even teach it ? How bout a black genocide and mexican? Jw. I mean I believe it is, by your logic.

  • KyraNelson

    How is this guy Jewish? Ciccariello? Umm, not so much.

  • Steve K

    If this guy had said anything even one tenth as bad about Muslims, blacks or some other liberal privileged group, these same petition signers would be demandiing he be fired.