Philosophy grad student and teaching assistant Irami Osei-Frimpong says he can’t understand why people want him fired, including the University of Georgia, where he works.
After all, he didn’t say he wanted all whites to die, just some of them. The university has condemned his statement as racist and they are now investigating what action they can legally take against Osei-Frimpong.
“Some white people may have to die for Black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom. To pretend that’s not the case is historical and generally naive.”
A University of Georgia graduate student does not understand why saying “some white people may have to die” is receiving backlash.
“Some white people may have to die for Black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom,” Osei-Frimpong wrote, according to a screenshot from Campus Reform. “To pretend that’s not the case is ahistorical and generally naive.”
Osei-Frimpong does not understand why he is getting criticized, however.
“I’m confused why that is so controversial,” Osei-Frimpong said, WSB-TV reported Tuesday.
The UGA grad student added he was not trying to call for violence, but was being “honest of racial progress,” according to WSB-TV reported.
“If they fire me, they’d be firing me for doing my job,” Osei-Frimpong said.
UGA released a statement Sunday saying they were considering legal options.
— UGA (@universityofga) January 21, 2019