US POLITICS

Neo-Nazi Sets Sights On Drexel After Prof’s ‘White Genocide’ Tweet

All a Drexel University professor wanted for Christmas was "white genocide" -- and the "alt-right" is furious

US POLITICS
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Dec 27, 2016 at 2:55 PM ET

Richard Spencer, the defacto leader of the neo-Nazi “alt-right” movement, has set his sites on Drexel University after a professor at the college drew fire over the weekend over comments he made online advocating for “white genocide.”

“All I want for Christmas is white genocide,” George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies, posted on Twitter on Sunday. He then doubled down on his vitriolic comments on Sunday, posting “To clarify: when the whites were massacre during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing indeed.”

The university responded to the tweets in a statement posted on its website on Sunday calling his comments “utterly reprehensible” and “deeply disturbing” and that university officials planned to meet with him to discuss it.

Now Spencer, who garnered headlines earlier this year after a conference of his”alt-right” National Policy Institute ended with Nazi salutes, is in the midst of planning a college speaking tour, and is now looking for students at Drexel to host him.

“Anyone at Drexel able to bring me to speak to the student body? Contact me,” he posted to Twitter on Monday, along with a link to the page advertising his speaking tour.

https://twitter.com/RichardBSpencer/status/813422459525468160

Spencer describes his college tour as follows: “Richard Spencer—the originator of the term “Alt Right” and one of the most politically incorrect men alive—is coming to your college! He’ll debate your favorite feminist professor . . . make the SJWs cry . . . and rustle the jimmies of the campus, if not the world. Or rather, he will come to your campus if you take the lead in offering him an invitation.”

The first stop on Spencer’s college tour was Texas A&M University in early December. It was met with mobs of angry students and others outraged that a neo-Nazi was speaking at their college. Video of the speech posted online shows Spencer arguing with and insulting the dozens of protestors who got into the conference hall as well-known white supremacists stood guard. He mocked people in the crowd for not assaulting him when that’s what many claimed they intended to do prior to his appearance.

Other neo-Nazis are somehow chalking Ciccariello-Maher’s “white genocide” comments as a win for the “alt-right” movement.

“We are a bloc now with power,” Andrew Anglin, the publisher of the white supremacist Daily Stormer blog, wrote in a post published Tuesday. “Institutions respond to us. A year ago, this same university wouldn’t have blinked before responding to complaints with a generic ‘we support the free expression of our teachers’ blurb. And not a statement on their own site. It would just be a statement to media…This is what winning looks like, people. You’d better get used to it.”

This is hardly the first time Ciccariello-Maher has posted disparaging things about white people on Twitter; his page was made private after the “white genocide” controversy, but the Daily Caller accessed tweets dating back to 2013 where the professor mused about killing white people.

“Son: If I was a slave, I’d bake a cake & put a potion in it & the white people would steal it Me: What would the potion do? Him: Kill them,” he joked in September about a purported conversation with his son, according to the right-leaning website. In another post, in 2015, he wrote “abolish the white race.”

“While Drexel has been nothing but supportive in the past, this statement is worrying. While upholding my right to free expression, the statement refers to my (satirical) tweets as ‘utterly reprehensible,’” Ciccariello-Maher wrote in a statement to the website.  “White supremacy is on the rise, and we must fight it by any means. In that fight, universities will need to choose whether they are on the side of free expression and academic debate, or on the side of the racist mob.”