Perhaps TruthRevolt readers will remember George Ciccariello-Maher, the Drexel University professor who used Twitter as his own personal leftist sounding board and gave us such gems as “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide,” “Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I'm trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul,” and blamed the Las Vegas massacre on “Trumpism” and the “narrative of white victimization.” As it turns out, posting stupid stuff to social media is kind of a job killer.
On Thursday, Ciccariello-Maher announced his resignation from Drexel, citing intense backlash to his Twitter posts:
After December 31st, 2017, I will no longer work at Drexel University. This is not a decision I take lightly; however, after nearly a year of harassment by right-wing, white supremacist media outlets and Internet mobs, after death threats and threats of violence directed against me and my family, my situation has become unsustainable. Staying at Drexel in the eye of this storm has become detrimental to my own writing, speaking, and organizing.
Because of the controversial posts, Ciccariello-Maher was placed on administrative leave and has been teaching class through video conferencing for "safety" reasons.
In his resignation announcement, the professor compared himself to Marxist radical Frantz Fanon who resigned from his psychiatric post at a French clinic in 1956. Ciccariello-Maher says he will use his newfound freedom to increase his activism:
We are at war, and academia is a crucial front in that war. This is why the Right is targeting campuses with thinly veiled provocations disguised as free speech. My case and many others show just how cynical such appeals are, and how little the Right cares about academic freedom. They will continue to attack me and many others, but from theses attacks new unities spring dialectically forth: an upsurge in new AAUP [American Association of University Professors] chapters and the establishment of the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN), among others.
Drexel has accepted the resignation and wishes their soon-to-be former employee “well in his future pursuits.”
Twitchy posted an “English translation” of the resignation written on Twitter by @occam_rulze:
“I wasn't able to get away with leftist indoctrination masquerading as education so I'm whining about it with some vacuous nonsense and then bugging out to try it again somewhere else.”
We’ll just consider this a belated Christmas gift. Better late than never. Buh-bye, comrade!