‘White people may have to die’ TA in hot water
A University of Georgia teaching assistant who has made comments like “fighting white people is a skill” and “some white people may have to die” testified Friday in front of a student panel.
While Irami Osei-Frimpong has found himself the subject of a number of Campus Reform stories as a result of the aforementioned comment and others, his hearing concerned another matter entirely. Osei-Frimpong stands accused of violating UGA’s code of conduct by deliberately excluding a 2011 trespassing arrest when applying to the school, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In addition to falsely responding in the negative to an application question asking him if he had been charged or convicted of something aside from a minor traffic violation, Osei-Frimpong was also accused of neglecting to cite his previous University of Chicago studies.
The TA could be expelled for these alleged infractions.
But Osei-Frimpong and his defenders say that the racially-charged comments are the real reason behind scrutiny of the TA, AJC reported.
In addition to saying “some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom," Osei-Frimpong made a remark on Facebook claiming “we have to dismantle the institutions that make crappy white people. Their churches, their schools, their families” after the 2018 midterm election, a remark for which the social media giant suspended him.
The TA had also compared Southern whites to “autistic kids” and “sociopaths” and suggested that white individuals who post photos to social media in which they are carrying guns are “terrorists.”
UGA said in January that the school “has been vigorously exploring all available legal options. Racism has no place on our campus.”
The school did not respond to a Campus Reform request for comment for this article.
Campus Reform reached out to Osei-Frimpong via Facebook for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.
The College Republicans also declined to comment on the situation.
The three-student UGA panel that heard Osei-Frimpong’s defense is expected to issue a verdict in early May, according to AJC.
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