We liberals are constantly being called out as having little to no sense of humor. It’s not true of course. Though admittedly, we tend to not be into physical “slip on a banana peel” pratfalls or Animal House, American Pie raunchy-sophomoric humor. As a general rule, we liberals like humor that’s laced with irony or sarcasm. Or subtle digs rather “straight up in your face” stuff.
But we’re trying to change.
A lot of us thought this tweet by Professor George Ciccariello perfectly combined sarcasm with an “in your face” element. But apparently many people on both the regular Right and Alt-Right (read: straight up racists) didn’t get that. They interpreted it “literally.”
Ciccariello even went back later on and added an explanation:
“For those who haven’t bothered to do their research, ‘white genocide’ is an idea invented by white supremacists and used to denounce everything from interracial relationships to multicultural policies (and most recently, against a tweet by State Farm Insurance). It is a figment of the racist imagination, it should be mocked, and I’m glad to have mocked it.”
But my guess is they got confused since his tweet didn’t end in “Black Genocide.” Or “Mexican Genocide.” Or Muslim. Or Syrian. Or Jewish (except when the UN passes a resolution denouncing Israel settlements or military interventions, supremacists walk back their anti-Semitic talk).
Of course they then preceded to co-opt another tactic from the liberal playbook and call for the good professor’s firing by his employer Drexel University. For good measure, I guess, not being enough to simply add his name to the McCarthyist blacklist they’re creating of liberal professors not in support their racist, sexist, misogynist, nativist platform.
Of course, the reason that many in the Right took his tweet so seriously is because fear of a non-overwhelmingly White Planet is a real thing with a long history, as this piece on #WhiteGenocide @Salon highlights. “White racists openly support the idea of a pure, white country led by white males, as Richard Spencer recently put it,” Ciccariello-Maher told AlterNet.”
And that is NO joke.