US Professor, Ciccariello-Maher, Slated for Racist Comment on Social Media


A Drexel University professor, George Ciccariello-Maher has been summoned to a meeting with school officials after tweeting: “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide.

The professor, George Ciccariello-Maher is a white associate professor of politics at the Philadelphia university. His online biography says his academic specialties include “race and racism”.

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Ciccariello-Maher’s racial comment on Tweeter has received a good number of criticism with many lashing at him for making uch derogatory statement on social media.

Drexel also condemned the Twitter message as “utterly reprehensible” and “deeply disturbing”. The school says in a statement it’s “taking this situation very seriously” and has contacted the professor to meet.

But, Ciccariello-Maher told the Press by email on Monday that the Christmas Eve tweet was meant to be satirical.
He said he was just mocking what he called the “imaginary concept” of “white genocide”, which he claimed was invented by white supremacists.

He described Drexel’s statement “sends a chilling message”.

Meanwhile, Penny Sparrow, who has earlier this year been charged for making similar racist comments on social media is yet to pay up the fines ordered by the court.
Penny Sparrow came to limelight at the beginning of this year after she compared the black people to monkeys .
Court charged her the sum of  R150,000 which she is expected to  the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation

Sparrow was also fined R5,000 or 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of crimen injuria.

But months later payment hasn’t been received and Justice and Correctional Services department confirmed this by  saying instead applied for condonation and for leave to appeal.

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It’s almost a year since Penny Sparrow referred to black people as monkeys during a racist Facebook rant.

That post went viral‚ causing widespread outrage leading to two court proceedings against herafter which she wrote a letter of apology in accordance to court order.