Professor under fire for 'White Genocide' tweet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Drexel University professor has been summoned to a meeting with school officials after he tweeted, ``All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.''

George Ciccariello-Maher, who is white, is an associate professor of politics at the Philadelphia university. His online biography says his academic specialties include ``race and racism.''

Drexel condemned the Twitter message as ``utterly reprehensible'' and ``deeply disturbing.'' The school says in a statement it's ``taking this situation very seriously'' and has contacted the professor to meet.

Ciccariello-Maher tells The Associated Prss by email Monday that the Christmas Eve tweet was meant to be satirical. He says he was mocking what he called the ``imaginary concept'' of ``white genocide,'' which he says was invented by white supremacists. He says Drexel's statement ``sends a chilling message.''