University Of Georgia TA Posts 'Some White People May Have To Die For Black Communities To Be Made Whole,' Report Says

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Last week, a University of Georgia (UGA) teaching assistant reportedly wrote on Facebook that “some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom,” adding, “To pretend that’s not the case is ahistorical and dangerously naïve.”

 

As Eduardo Neret writes at Campus Reform:

UGA philosophy TA Irami Osei-Frimpong made the comment during a conversation on the Overheard at UGA Facebook page. The comment has since been deleted. Osei-Frimpong claimed in May 2017 that Facebook suspended him for quoting from an article which detailed how Texas A&M professor Tommy Curry had said “in order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die.”

On January 12, Osei-Frimpong tweeted, ““Fighting white people is a skill. Really, it’s one reason I’m in favor of integrated schools. You have to get used to fighting White people. It takes practice.” He flowed that statement in the tweet by quoting American clinical psychologist Bobby Wright, saying, “Blacks kill Blacks because they have never been trained to kill Whites.”

According to Campus Reform, Osei-Frimpong posted this message on Medium: “Killing some white people isn’t genocide; it’s killing some white people. We had to kill some white people to get out of slavery. Maybe if we’d killed more during the 20th century we still wouldn’t talk about racialized voter disenfranchisement and housing, education, and employment discrimination. This should not be controversial.”

Months before his latest inflammatory comments, as Campus Reform noted, just after the November elections, Osei-Frimpong posted on Facebook, “We can talk about voter suppression. We can talk about ID laws. But all of this begins and ends with the fact that we make crappy White people. So if we are serious, we have to dismantle the institutions that make crappy white people. Their churches, their schools, their families."

 

Dr. Janet Frick, a UGA Associate Professor of Brain and Behavioral Science, stood up for the TA, tweeting, “Okay, I may be a crappy white people, [sic] but even I know that’s not hate speech. That’s ‘hurt your feelings speech,’ but not hate speech. Keep on keeping on, my friend.”

On Sunday, a former reporter for Campus Reform, Andrew Lawrence, tweeted a message to the University of Georgia that shared his opinion that alumni and donors should reconsider their support for the university because the university had not taken action against Osei-Frimpong. He wrote, “I believe it is not ethically responsible at this time for alumni to financially support an institution that is not willing to properly ensure the safety and respect of its student body. In this moment, money given to UGA is money given to supporting racism, and the university itself has made it clear that public relations concerns and the inability to reprimand a university employee are of greater importance than the interests of the diverse student body that they continually tout.”

The university responded on Twitter: “The university has been vigorously exploring all legal options. Racism has no place on our campus, and we condemn the advocacy or suggestion of violence in any form. We are seeking guidance from the office of the Attorney General as to what actions we can legally consider in accordance with the First Amendment.”

 

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