University professors nation-wide have been given the green light to advocate for white genocide.
George Ciccariello-Maher has had the original rebuke by Drexel University replaced by a bullsh*t claim that he was just joking.
He can go back to indoctrinating students in the Communist philosophy, as well as teaching them that the mass murder of white people is a good thing.
Advice to professors: Don’t try advocating for the murder of blacks or Jews. It’s not the same in the eyes of academia.
On Thursday, Drexel issued a new statement. The new statement offers milder criticism of Ciccariello-Maher and notes that there may be multiple ways to read his tweet. The statement says that “his words, taken at face value and shared in the constricted Twitter format, do not represent the values of inclusion and understanding espoused by Drexel University.”
Further, the new statement says that “the wide range of reactions to his tweets suggests that his intentions were not adequately conveyed.
These responses underscore the importance of choosing one’s words thoughtfully and exercising appropriate judgment in light of the inherent limitations presented by communications on social media.”
In contrast, the original statement said: “Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s comments are utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing, and do not in any way reflect the values of the university.”
On academic freedom, the new statement also struck a different tone.
The original statement said that “the university recognizes the right of its faculty to freely express their thoughts and opinions in public debate,” but it also said that Drexel “is taking this situation very seriously” and was setting up a meeting with the professor. Those comments led many to question whether the university was in fact defending the professor’s right to free expression or discouraging it.
The new statement is much more specific that the tweet in question was free speech. “The university vigorously supports the right of its faculty members and students to freely express their opinions in the course of academic debate and discussion. In this vein, we recognize Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s tweets as protected speech.”
Drexel’s president and provost — John A. Fry and M. Brian Blake, respectively — signed the new statement but not the old one.
The new statement also notes challenges posed by social media. “Very often electronic forms of communication (Twitter, in particular) are limited in their ability to communicate satire, irony and context, especially when referencing a horror like genocide.”
More than 9,000 people have signed a petition (circulated prior to the release of Thursday’s statement by Drexel) that said: “Let Drexel know — in the midst of the deafening, organized troll-storm — that racist trolls deserve no platform in dictating academic discourse, let alone the off-duty tweets of academics. They are being VERY noisy; we can’t be silent.”
Many other groups and authors have been critical of the original Drexel statement. A blog post by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said that the university “failed” to defend academic freedom. A blog post at Reason, a libertarian publication, said: “Even if Ciccariello-Maher isn’t formally disciplined, the experience of being called before the administration to answer for his tweet-crimes is a form of silencing.”
Hank Reichman, professor emeritus of history at California State University at East Bay and chair of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, wrote on the AAUP blog that the university’s original response was “simply wrong.”