Controversial University of Georgia TA, who said ‘White People may have to die,’ Reinstated by Committee

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Irami Osei-Frimpong has been in the middle of a university investigation since January 2019 after his controversial anti-white remarks in a classroom became public. He works as a teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of Georgia, a publicly-funded university whose flagship campus is located in Athens. He attended a formal hearing and the panel decided to reinstate him.

Contrary to Osei-Frimpong’s claims, the hearing investigated his omission of a 2011 trespassing arrest as well as his attendance at the University of Chicago in his application to the University of Georgia. The committee concluded that Osei-Frimpong did not exclude facts important to his application to study and work at the University of Georgia, but Osei-Frimpong took to social media to take a victory lap. A university spokesman did not say how they felt about the hearing’s outcome, but did say, “We respect the student conduct process and the outcome.”

His comments, according to anonymous students who have been in his classes, tend to be anti-white in nature. One that he posted on the social media platform Facebook, read, “some White people may have to die for Black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom.” Those comments appear to have endorsed anti-white violence in order to achieve African-American freedom. The labor union United Campus Workers of Georgia publicly supported Osei-Frimpong, despite public outcry from donors and alumni who called for Osei-Frimpong to be relieved of teaching duties.

Osei-Frimpong claimed several months ago that he was offered “permanent probation” by the university in negotiations, in exchange for him remaining at the university as a teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate. He rejected the offer and decided that he would face better odds in front of a formal hearing, which went in his favor.