Remember Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher, the white man who tweeted last year that “all I want for Christmas is white genocide”? The Communist who appeared on Tucker Carlson's show to defend his racist, anti-American views? The academic who was suspended from campus for a tweetstorm blaming the Las Vegas massacre on “Trumpism” and “white victimization”? Back with more hateful theories based in cultural Marxism, Ciccariello-Maher is now blaming “whiteness” for the recent Texas church massacre in which a mentally ill, Christian-hating, white atheist male murdered 26 people.
In an interview about “white masculinity, militarism, and terror after Sutherland Springs” with the radical Democracy Now!, the professor relegated to teaching online classes mused that “Whiteness is never seen as a cause, in and of itself, of these kinds of massacres despite the fact that 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.”
Of course, there is zero evidence that Devin Kelley, 26, the loser who shot up the church in Sutherland Springs, killed those poor people because he felt that his structure of privilege was being threatened, but there is plenty of evidence that he did so because he was a disturbed, violent bully who hated churchgoers. But that doesn't fit the identity politics of racists like Ciccariello-Maher, who would never pin Islamic violence on all Muslims or inner city gang violence on minorities, but who leap to blame "whiteness" and "masculinity" for violence committed by white men.
Ciccariello-Maher, who has never bothered to ask what makes Muslims so prone to violent jihad, says we should be asking ourselves, “What makes white men so prone to this kind of behavior?” The answer in the case of jihad is Islamic ideology. In the case of white mass murderers, the answer is almost always mental illness.
Ciccariello-Maher did acknowledge that recent white mass murderers have “clear mental issues,” but “the cause needs to be identified outside and beyond that.” The far right, he claims, demonizes Muslims and “jumps on any violence by people of color,” but “doesn’t want to talk about the real deep structures of white supremacy in our society...not just the fringe, not just the Nazi movements, but what people are going through every day and what it is that is driving people to these kinds of situations, where they feel so entitled to dominance, that when that’s questioned, they can explode in these very, very unpredictable ways.”
This is an idea so divorced from reality that only an academic could champion it. Our society doesn't have deep structures of white supremacy, and mass shooters aren't lashing out because their white dominance is being challenged. Apart from avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who carried out his atrocity in a black church alone because he couldn't find anyone to join him, these shooters aren't going out and targeting minorities, but other white people.
Predictably, Ciccariello-Maher connected President Trump to the recent rise in mass shootings:
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. 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.
When asked for comment by Fox News, Ciccariello-Maher responded, “I don’t talk to mercenaries.” Spoken just like an angry white man who doesn't like his sense of entitlement challenged.