- The Washington Times - Friday, January 18, 2019

A University of Georgia teaching assistant who routinely attacks the concept of “whiteness” on social media took it a step further Wednesday when he declared 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 doubled down on the comment Friday morning on his own 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.”

A spokesperson at UGA’s Equal Opportunities Office defended Mr. Osei-Frimpong’s right to express his “personal opinion” in a private capacity, according to an email exchange with alum Andrew Lawrence, obtained by Campus Reform.

Despite receiving considerable backlash on social media for his comments, Mr. Osei-Frimpong continued to attack “whiteness” and the “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 wrote, “We have made a national project out of coddling White people about Whiteness, and we are living the consequences.”

Mr. Osei-Frimpong has a long history of attacking “whiteness” and this isn’t the first time he’s suggested that “some white people” might need to be killed in the advance to freedom.

In a 2017 Medium post flagged by Campus Reform, 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 wrote the post upon the news that Texas A&M had refused to fire philosophy professor Tommy Curry, who said in a 2012 podcast that “in order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die.”

Mr. Osei-Frimpong, agreeing with Mr. Curry, 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 like Tommy said, ‘In order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die.’”

Andrew Lawrence, a conservative who graduated from UGA last month, posted a video Wednesday of himself confronting Mr. Osei-Frimpong in a classroom setting about his past statements, and now he’s demanding that the university take action against the TA.

In the video, Mr. Lawrence pleads with Mr. Osei-Frimpong to stop generalizing whole groups of people, particularly Southern suburban whites.

“You said that every suburban community in Georgia raises white supremacists,” Mr. Lawrence says in the video. “How can you possibly say that? You don’t know what every white community it Georgia does.”

Mr. Osei-Frimpong went on to argue that the “appearance of niceness” and the concept of “manners” in the South “have a very complicated role in sustaining oppression.”

His statement caused many students in the room to snap their fingers, a form of applause that is deemed less aggressive than clapping.

“There’s nothing brave about coming to a room of people and saying things that they all agree with and that they’re going to snap for when it’s f——ing wrong,” Mr. Lawrence replies in the video.

The university responded to Mr. Lawrence’s video in a tweet Thursday, saying the exchange took place last fall at a Young Democrats meeting and that the views Mr. Osei-Frimpong expressed in his personal capacity do not reflect the views of the university.

Mr. Lawrence told The Washington Times that the exchange took place in September, but that he held onto the video until 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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