Professor: White People "Should Commit Mass Suicide"

Update: Professor Who Called on White People to Kill Themselves: I was Just Trying to "Offend" People

Author's note: While we might disagree with Dr. Kotsko's statements, there is no excuse to harass him online. Do not bother him on his Twitter feed or website.

Every single white person alive today is "complicit" in slavery, according to Assistant Professor of Humanities Adam Kotsko, and should kill themselves. Dr. Kotsko teaches at Shimer College in Chicago.
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According to Dr. Kotsko, if you are white, and even if your ancestors never owned slaves, you are still complicit for it. When asked what white people should do because of it, Kotsko said whites "should commit mass suicide:"

Kotsko defended his statements to other Twitter users who found his accusation ridiculous:

He then went on to say that "whiteness" exists only to "subordinate and exploit other races:"

Kotsko was in the news earlier this year for claiming that the writers of Charlie Hebdo should have expected to be horribly murdered because they tried to offend people:
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24 comments:

  1. He has made a 'gratuities assertion" which is a statement purported to be fact, but without any proof.

    As such it can be equally gratuitously denied without proof.

    You cannot prove a negative, so you cannot prove you DID NOT benefit from slavery 200 years ago.

    That's why liberals make such stupid arguments. They are simple and require no thought or actual WORK to provide proof.

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    1. I think it would be more appropriate to say "That's why idiots make such stupid arguments." There are wankers on both sides of the aisle. (Smart people too, I guess.)

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  2. He looks white to me. Why hasn't he killed himself yet?

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    1. He said "we"

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    2. Why not set an example for the rest of us to (not) follow?

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  3. I'm going to go ahead and not do that, thanks though.

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  4. So people who are alive today who didn't own slaves but are guilty of indirectly benefiting from this crime of slavery should kill themselves.

    What about people who are alive today who directly benefited from their crimes such as people in prison? They're more directly guilty from their crimes if they benefited in anyway. Should everyone in prisons commit suicide?

    I have an alternative. I believe blacks should be the ones to commit suicide. They should be martyrs to the cause by killing themselves thereby making whites live with their guilt and shame.

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  5. Well pretty obvious why nobody has ever heard of Shimer College.

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  6. I have a better idea: let the blacks enslave the anti-white white folks.
    Two birds in one stone, blacks get their revenge fantasy satisfied, and we get rid of the anti-white folks.

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  7. I'm white. But I'm also of East Slavic descent. My family wasn't in America when slavery was legal. Should I still kill myself? If I benefited from it after the fact, so have black people. Should they kill themselves too? This guy is a moron.

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  8. At this point I am honestly convinced that it's all one big satire, I can not imagine this person not laughing his ass off after making this statement.

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  9. What about black people who have benefited from slavery? They were born in the USA instead of Africa. Seems like a profit, doesn't it?

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  10. Everyone who comes here seeking "a better life" does so knowingly by arriving on stolen property built up by slave labor...Why are White people the only ones made to feel shame while everyone else gets to exploit this nation guilt-free?

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    1. The "Native Americans" also stole it. The Clovis people probably stole it too. Are we really going to play this game?

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  11. I wonder how will Shimer College handle this one?

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  12. i live in central Europe. in the times of slavery whole nations here were owned by either Russian empire. and situation of a common folk under Tsar rule was no better than that of a slave. how did our grand-grandfathers benefit from slave ownership in the US, tell me.
    another idiot who thinks USA is the whole world.

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  13. From the author of that tweet's blog:

    "This time, the crack investigative reporters of the right have uncovered an even more damning quote from me, calling for all whites to commit mass suicide out of guilt for slavery! Can you believe anyone would hold such a view?!

    If you’re a reasonable person, the answer is no. In reality, I do not hold that view, nor does anyone else in the entire damn world. Why did I say it, then? I was in dialogue with an obviously bad-faith interlocutor on the subject of race, who clearly wanted to bait me into saying something “offensive,” and out of frustration, I decided I’d give them something to cry about and say something really “offensive” — scare quotes intended. My assumption was that the claim was so obviously hyperbolic that the sarcasm would be immediately evident."

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  14. Uggghhh...
    You know... the sad fact that this world can actually produce such lunatics who say this nonsense... even though I don't agree with the man's opinion I honestly feel like putting a bullet through my head now...

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  15. So.... he deliberately said something stupid online to trigger discussion.

    Well, that conversation was rather short and I think that most people now agree that yes, he said something very stupid.

    Perhaps saying something intelligent will yield better results.

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    1. "Perhaps saying something intelligent will yield better results."

      On the internet??? *Falls of chair laughing*

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  16. So, I'm from a country called Bulgaria. I am Caucasian and my ancestors and my whole country were enslaved for a total of 700 years. Yes, that's right, much much more than the blacks in the states have been. Also, this guy is obviously retarded and I am wasting my time writing this comment.

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  17. Professor Kotsko is white, so by his insane logic he should commit suicide too.

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