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A Pennsylvania professor is under fire for a 'White Genocide' tweet he said was satire

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On Christmas Eve, a Drexel University professor tweeted: "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide."

That professor, George Ciccariello-Maher, was reprimanded for the tweet by the Philadelphia school but said it was satire, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

He said that since the tweet, white supremacists have harassed him and the university.

He's made his tweets private since the incident, but here's a screengrab.

The school's reaction

In a statement, Drexel called Ciccariello-Maher's tweets "utterly reprehensible [and] deeply disturbing." A meeting was arranged between the school and the professor. 

Ciccariello-Maher disapproved of the university's actions, saying it "sends a chilling message and sets a frightening precedent."

It is a figment of the racist imagination, it should be mocked, and I'm glad to have mocked it.
George Ciccariello-Maher

The context

Ciccariello-Maher's primary defense has been that "white genocide" is a satirical concept. White supremacists pointed to interracial marriage and pro-diversity policies as evidence that the Caucasian race is under attack. His tweet was meant to highlight the absurdity of the notion.

Civil rights activists jumped to Ciccariello-Maher's defense.

Others attempted to offer clarification.

Black Lives Matter leader DeRay McKesson chimed in. 

However, this did not stop many of Ciccariello-Maher's critics.

Some accused him of indoctrination.

And others pointed to apparent liberal hypocrisy.

Others wondered why this didn't get more coverage.

Still, activists insisted "white genocide" did not mean what it appeared to on the surface.

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