Those who think that they are smarter than the rest of us, make references to things that the unassociated do not understand. This does not mean that normal people are ignorant of these things but rather unacquainted. They have no way of knowing or understanding because they would never expose themselves to the thing mentioned.
This is likely the case with the recent outrage over a tweet.
The Washington Times reports
Drexel University officials were forced to respond to a controversy on Christmas after one of their professors called for “white genocide” on Twitter.
George Ciccariello-Maher, associate professor of political science, tweeted on Christmas Eve, “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.” Backlash at the comment, which he framed as a joke, soon prompted Drexel officials to intervene. The tweet was deleted, and Mr. Ciccariello-Maher’s account was locked from further public viewing.
So, I will confess, this looks real bad for the professor. It seems real hard for the prof and his supporters to wiggle out of this clearly offensive statement. But, it is easier with a little information.
Liberation News reports
The university disregarded the fact that the term “White Genocide” comes from white supremacist conspiracy theory aimed at inciting fears that white people risk becoming extinct because of immigration, abortion, and interracial relationships. The university failed to recognize the satirical nature of Ciccariello-Maher’s tweet, how it was deploying the term against those who popularized it.
Responding to Drexel’s announcement, Ciccariello-Maher stated: “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.” The Party for Socialism and Liberation agrees.
So, it seems that our socialist professor was trying (in a very stupid way) to bring attention to the rise of “White Supremacist” rhetoric. Or at least what he perceives as such. The tweet was misunderstood and then made into something that it is not. But this does not mean that good old George is fit to be a professor in an American University.
In the weeks and months to come, it will become imperative for us all to stand in solidarity with those involved in anti-racist and anti-capitalist struggle. Standing together, we can turn resistance into revolution.
Be aware that the “revolution” always begins with a war of words before the real war begins.