Drexel University Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher is under fire once again for posting an inflammatory tweet. His message about “trying not to vomit” because someone offered their first-class seat to a uniformed soldier caused an uproar on Twitter. In an interview with Fox News, the professor appeared to be interested in supporting the troops, but stated disapproval of, “symbolic gestures.”
The professor stated, “What they need is not a first-class seat, what they need is healthcare support, psychological support…” He seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth. One the one side, he says it nearly made him sick to see someone give up their seat on the plane for a soldier. On the other side, he places himself as an advocate for the support they need. What American military troops need is all the support they can get. Posting derogatory tweets is not the way to give it to them.
Drexel University has had the unfortunate circumstance of having to come to this professor’s defense before. In December 2016, the professor posted a tweet that read, “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide.” The comment forced the university to respond and it did so by making it known that although faculty has the right to free speech, they found the professor’s comments, “utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing,” and added, “do not in any way reflect the values of the University.”
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Some people have a knack for rocking the boat. This professor appears to be one of them. His is deemed a “radical political theorist,” and is highly educated and seems to be well-versed in the areas of political science, which is his specialty. However, what is lacking is a level of wisdom that does not come from book knowledge alone. What the professor may one day learn the hard way is that free speech can actually cost you your reputation, if you’re not careful.
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