Even though he is banned from the college campus he works for due to controversial comments, Drexel University Professor George Ciccariello-Maher still found time to blame “whiteness” for the Texas church shooting.
The comments were made in an interview with Democracy Now!.
“You know, Trump makes hay out of the fact that white men, in particular, feel as though they’re the victims of this society, despite being in absolute control of it,” he said in the radio interview.
“And this is something that is powerfully dangerous, and it’s why we’re not seeing only the rise in violent attacks, more generally, and the rise of far-right movements, but we’re certainly seeing, you know, clearly, sort of some very serious incidents of mass violence, as well.”
“Whiteness is never seen as a cause, in and of itself, of these kinds of massacres, of other forms of violence,” Ciccariello-Maher said, adding, “whiteness is a structure of privilege and it’s a structure of power, and a structure that, when it feels threatened, you know, lashes out.”
In the interview, Ciccariello-Maher, said there is an “institutional apparatus” that teaches white men “in violence and that encourages them to feel as though they’re on the losing side of history.”
Ciccariello-Maher was placed on administrative leave by Drexel University after he blamed the Las Vegas shooting on “white victimization” and “Trumpism.”
The university said they feared for the safety of campus employees due to reaction to Ciccariello-Maher’s comments.
In 2016, the associate professor tweeted “all I want for Christmas is white genocide.” He added another Twitter comment saying, “To clarify: when the whites were massacred during the Haitian Revolution, that was a good thing indeed.”
In March of 2017, Ciccariello-Maher said that seeing somebody give up their first-class plane seat for a soldier made him want to vomit.