A teaching assistant at the University of Georgia who constantly attacks the concept of “whiteness” on social media took it up a notch on Wednesday when he said that “some white people may have to die” in order for black people to advance.
“Some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom,” UGA philosophy TA and Ph.D. student Irami Osei-Frimpong wrote in a now-deleted comment on the Overheard at UGA Facebook page, Campus Reform reported.
Mr. Osei-Frimpong then decided to double down on his comment Friday morning on his Facebook page, writing, “I’m just saying that America is set up to create functional White supremacists, and they have an attachment to it that’s not particularly moral. I wouldn’t be surprised if White people have to die before Black Americans can live in freedom.”
According to an email exchange with alum Andrew Lawrence, obtained by Campus Reform, the spokesperson for UGA’s Equal Opportunities Office defended Mr. Osei-Frimpong’s right to express his “personal opinion” in a private capacity,
Despite receiving a lot of backlash on social media for his comments, Mr. Osei-Frimpong continued to attack “whiteness” and the what he calls “trolls” who disagree with him on Friday.
“So, the trolls. The obvious thing to do would be to block them. Or I could let them troll themselves out and be an embarrassment to White people,” he wrote on Facebook. “In the spirit of MLK and non-violent direct action, I’m going to go with the latter.”
On Twitter, he claimed, “We have made a national project out of coddling White people about Whiteness, and we are living the consequences.”
Osei-Frimpong has a habit of attacking “whiteness” and this isn’t the first time that he has suggested that “some white people” might need to be killed.
In a post on Medium he wrote, “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,” he argued at the time. “Some white people are really bad, and America abetted them reproducing that badness in their white progeny. I’d rather contain them with law enforcement, but US law enforcement isn’t particularly committed to making sure that white people act in accordance with racial justice. If we want racial justice without having to kill them, then all of our educational and media institutions should be preparing white people for the hit they are going to have to take, so that we get racial justice without killing too many of them.”
Mr. Osei-Frimpong has also accused the U.S. of “producing the wrong type of white people” and argued that in order to create racial justice, “we are going to have to take some of [white people’s] s—t.”
“Whether it’s their money, their illusion of safety, or their self-esteem, a lot of the stuff we’ve led white people to believe is inalienably theirs; we are going to have to alienate and redistribute,” he wrote. “And if I know white people — and I do — some of them are going to resent it and fight back with arms. I’d rather not have to kill them, but
Andrew Lawrence, who’s a conservative who has graduated from UGA last month, posted a video of himself confronting Mr. Osei-Frimpong the classroom about his past statements, and now he’s demanding that the university take action against the TA.
I confronted a University of Georgia course instructor about calling white people terrorists, sociopaths, and saying we were autistic. Here’s a portion of the video. pic.twitter.com/wtnIVc7QNk— Andrew Lawrence (@YoungGaGOP) January 16, 2019
In response to Mr. Lawrence’s
Mr. Lawrence told The Washington Times that the exchange took place in September, but he held onto the video and only posted it now because he was “afraid” of the potential backlash. Now, he wants the university to do what he thinks is right.
“Without a doubt he should be fired,” he said of Mr. Osei-Frimpong. “I do not believe that any individual who has academic influence over students should be saying these things. He’s only a TA, and he’s not a full professor with tenure, so what is the University losing? They’re afraid to take accountability and answer tough questions regarding his distasteful rhetoric, as they should.”
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