It is right to ridicule fascists. It is our duty to discredit their ideas. George Ciccariello-Maher must be defended.
By: Matt Sedillo
The Southwest Political Report
A word on kindness, patience and understanding
What kindness is owed to the Klan? What respect is due Nazis? What warmth should be extended to Stormfront, the Oath Keepers, the Minutemen, FAIR, the John Birch Society or the so called Alt Right? What patience, what understanding is owed to hate? Why are so many of us who claim the right side of history so insecure in our moral high ground over the proponents of ethnic cleansing? Why do so many of us find ourselves often unable to speak with any conviction against people who would see us dead? Why are we so afraid of offending Nazis?
These are rhetorical questions. The answers are clear. In a time when the once marginal voices of open ethnic cleansing are moving to the forefront of political discourse, clarity must be paired with courage. Nothing is owed fascists. It is right to ridicule and discredit their ideas. Those who would dehumanize the wide majority of people living or who have ever lived on this planet on the basis of any bigotry that arose out of the bloodshed and claimed lives of seized land, labor and bodies are owed nothing in the way of protecting hate. These are not feelings. These are not opinions. This is not discourse. This is bigotry. This is the ideology of conquest that does not speak it’s name. The political culture of denial is global. In the US it is practically a religion.
The not so strange case of George Ciccariello-Maher and Drexel University
On Christmas eve 2016 George Ciccariello-Maher tweeted a satirical tweet that triggered further white nationalist backlash, “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
For those unfamiliar with the phrase Professor Ciccariello-Maher or Twitter, this is satire. Indeed White Genocide is a form of hate speech. Claiming that such a thing exists is hate speech. White Genocide is the belief that taco trucks on every corner by way of demographic shift or that integration of previously White only spaces in society are tantamount to genocide. The phrase White genocide is attached to the Alt right and various other hate organizations.
White Genocide is the language of the 14 words. White Genocide is the language of This is Europa. White Genocide is the language of Neo Nazis. White Genocide is the language of the Klan. It is right to mock the Klan. It is right to mock Nazis. White Genocide is a phrase originally coined by Bob Whitaker a White Nationalist who once said “Mexico is poor because it is inhabited by Mexicans.” Fuck Bob Whitaker. It is right to respond to lies, hate speech and the threat of ethnic cleansing with mockery and scorn.
In the face of the utterly predictable White Nationalist backlash Drexel University cowardly responded by saying “While the University recognizes the right of its faculty to freely express their thoughts and opinions in public debate, Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s comments are utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing, and do not in any way reflect the values of the University.”
Well why not? Why doesn’t Drexel share the values of mocking white nationalism? Why do they value legitimizing the likes of Bob Whitaker, The Alt Right and This is Europa? Their cowardice is predictable, however what it legitimizes is alarming. Bob Whitaker who coined the phrase “White Genocide” has also said “diversity means chasing down every last white person.”
Drexel’s own website claims,
“Drexel University strives to provide enriching educational opportunities that prepare students to thrive and flourish in a diverse world. To support that goal, we encourage you to learn about, appreciate, and value a variety of cultures, life experiences, and perspectives other than your own.”
Why then is Drexel University so deeply disturbed by the mockery of White Genocide? A phrase essentially that equates diversity with ethnic cleansing? Which is it Drexel University do you “value a variety of cultures” or are you engaged in the legitimization the phrase White Genocide and the political ideology of White Nationalists? Because you cannot do both. You cowards must pick a side.
Are the views of Bob Whitaker more reflective values of Drexel than those of Professor Ciccariello-Maher? This question must be answered.
The fight for tomorrow
White Nationalist darling Ann Coulter recently tweeted 14! This is in reference to the 14 words.
The 14 words are fighting words. They are as follows,
“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
That is the language of White Nationalism. The myth of so-called White Genocide is the language of White Nationalism. They are equating the presence of non-White people with genocide. And that is just a reversal of history. The truth is a genocide on a massive scale occurred in what is today the United States. Had it not occurred there would be no United States. That is what happened.
From John Wayne to Donald Trump the reversal of history, the polar opposite of the truth, the myth that White people must circle wagon to protect themselves from the imperial onslaught of the victims of colonialism resulting ultimately in their own genocide is as absurd as it is dangerous. It must be confronted. It must be mocked. It must be scorned and ultimately it must fought. Writing is fighting and George Ciccariello-Maher is doing the damn thing.
Upward and onward, fearless and forward, the road to victory is paved in the defeat, tears and humiliation of those who oppose just and equitable society. Fuck the 14 words.Today the threat of nuclear war looms as present as ever. The future will belong to all our children or it will belong to ash and dust. Fuck Ann Coulter. Fuck Donald Trump. Fuck the Alt Right. Fuck this is europa. Fuck Bob Whitaker.
George Ciccariello-Maher is on the right side of history. It is right to ridicule fascists. It is our duty to discredit their ideas. George Ciccariello-Maher must be defended and so must the future.