Hakeem Jefferson, a black political science professor at the California university, tweeted on August 17, when he insisted the demonstrations are caused by 'whiteness,' while utilizing the same logic to the January 6 Capitol riots.
'Whiteness is the most pressing threat to the nation that isn’t climate change,' one of Jefferson's tweets read.
'Make no mistake, this crazy opposition to mask wearing that is leading folks (read white ppl) to act violently at school board meetings & council meetings & everywhere else—yeah, you can’t disconnect it from whiteness,' he stated.
Jefferson made it clear that any kind of national dialogue on such subjects are 'incomplete' until this 'whiteness' is acknowledged.
'And discussions that don’t acknowledge this are incomplete.'.
Jefferson continued that white people think such 'whiteness' puts them above the law.
'Ain’t like masks are comfortable for non-white people. But you don’t see a bunch of Black folks storming meetings. And it’s not just because these white folks are GOP,' he declared.
'It’s because they’re white, & believe whiteness confers upon them a kind of power that places them above gov action.'
The Stanford professor further announced that whiteness is not a skin color, yet rather an 'ideology,' and that even some people of color are 'committed to the ideology of whiteness.'
'It is attractive to those it so often oppresses.'
Jefferson currently works as a faculty affiliate with the university's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, with his dissertation earning him the 2020 Best Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association.
According to his website, Jefferson specializes in the politics of African Americans and those who back the 'tough-on-crime' politics of the GOP.
For his part, Jefferson says his job is to 'clarify and contextualize' racism, which he calls 'core features of the American project.'
'It’s like my reaction to jan6. You don’t have to be an expert in identity to know that whiteness is driving the behavior,' his Twitter tirade went on.
'The crowds are overwhelmingly white. You think this just randomly happened? Nah, whiteness be working overtime. Like we say in the south, the devil is busy!'
Twitter users were quick to denounce his tweets.
'This is facile, childishly simple minded, and racist,' one person replied.
'You should find a profession that does not require the ability to connect with reality. What do you do again?'
'What the hell are you blabbering about,' another wrote in response.
In the meantime, Campus Reform reached out to Jefferson for a comment on his tweets, which urged him to tweet again, this time mentioning the outlet by name and claiming his classroom antics are even more radical than his Twitter.