George Ciccariello-Maher, the Drexel University professor who says his Christmas Eve call for “white genocide” was a satirical joke, has in the past directly quoted the perpetrator of an actual white genocide in Haiti.
A screengrab from Ciccariello-Maher’s now-hidden Facebook page shows him quoting Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a former slave who became the first emperor of an independent Haiti following a successful revolt on the island. (RELATED: Drexel White Genocide Professor Won’t Apologize)
“I have avenged America,” the quote says.The quote is vague, but its origin is telling. After defeating a French expedition attempting to reconquer Haiti in 1804, Dessalines systematically exterminated all remaining white people in Haiti, including those who had previously supported the revolution. Ciccariello-Maher’s quote comes from a speech Dessalines delivered after the event, justifying his actions.
“We have rendered to these true cannibals war for war, crime for crime, outrage for outrage; Yes, I have saved my country – I have avenged America,” Dessalines said in the speech.
The Facebook is the latest piece of evidence against Ciccariello-Maher’s claim his tweet endorsing white genocide wasn’t a one-off joke. Research into his background has also uncovered a 2014 paper he wrote describing Dessalines’ genocide as a praiseworthy “concrete action” for the sake of liberty.
Although it initially condemned his tweets, Drexel has declined to punish Ciccariello-Maher in any way, and according to the professor it has instead defended his advocacy of genocide for being a component of “vigorous public debate.”
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