Syracuse professor criticizes 'white pundits' for talking about 9/11 after 20 years


A professor at Syracuse University drew controversy with a series of tweets Friday criticizing white people for talking about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 20 years later.

Jenn Jackson, an assistant professor of political science who also has work published in Teen Vogue, singled out Andy Card, the White House chief of staff under President George W. Bush who spoke to the media around the 20th anniversary about the call in which he told the commander in chief about the attacks.

"It's twenty years since 9/11 and I'm still really disturbed by how many white pundits and correspondents talk about it," Jackson tweeted. "Card just said that 9/11 was the first time that Americans ever felt fear. He said that it was the last morning we woke up without fear and that the 'terrorists' succeeded in introducing us to fear."

"We have to be more honest about what 9/11 was and what it wasn't," Jackson added. "It was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity. It was an attack on the systems many white Americans fight to protect. We have to be clear that the same motivations that animated America's hypervigilance and responsiveness to 'terror' after 9/11 are now motivating the carceral state and anti-immigration policy."

Jackson's Twitter account has since been changed to make her tweets "protected," blocking people from seeing her tweets without permission. However, some users made screenshots and shared them publicly before her account went private.

Among those who commented was journalist Matt Taibbi, who tweeted : "Of course, because if Osama bin Laden was about anything, it was striking down heteropatriarchy…"

"Scratch off Syracuse on the kids/college list..." quipped the Hill's Joe Concha.

Syracuse University has said no disciplinary action would be taken against Jackson.

"Some have asked the University to condemn the professor's comments and others have demanded the professor's dismissal. Neither of those actions will happen," the university said in a statement .

According to Syracuse University, Jackson has been subject to violent threats in response to her criticisms. The school said it has notified the appropriate authorities.

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