Syracuse professor Jenn M. Jackson made controversial comments about 9/11
A professor at Syracuse University has reacted strongly to a tweet in which he calls the September 11, 2001 attacks an attack against “heteropatriarchal capitalist systems.”
Jenn M. Jackson, an assistant professor of political science, made the comments in a series of tweets on Friday, a day before the 20th anniversary of the attacks that killed 2,977 people.
“We need to be more honest about what 9/11 was and what wasn’t. It was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalist systems America relies on to force other countries into passivity,” Jackson wrote, using s/he pronouns.
“It was an attack on the systems that many white Americans are fighting for,” they added.
“It was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalist systems that America relies on to force other countries into inaction,” Jackson wrote of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Jackson and their literary agent did not immediately respond to inquiries from DailyMail.com on Sunday night.
Jackson’s tweets, which have since been set to private, came as the professor noted how they were “really disturbed by how much white pundits and correspondents are talking about” 9/11, according to the daily thread.
Jackson criticized the idea “that 9/11 was the first time Americans ever felt fear.”
“White Americans may not have really felt real fear before 9/11 because they never felt what it meant to be accessible, vulnerable and on the receiving end of military violence at home. But the experiences of white Americans are no substitute for ‘America,’ they wrote.
“Many of us Americans know what it’s like to experience fear and we knew that before 9/11. For many of us, we know fear *because of* other Americans,” Jackson continued.
The comments provoked strong backlash and ridicule from critics, some of whom accused Jackson of sympathizing or even condoning the deadly attacks.
“Of course, because if Osama bin Laden was about anything, it was taking down the straight patriarchy…” tweeted journalist Matt Taibbi.
Television journalist Megyn Kelly responded with strong language, tweeting, “As a SU poli-sci grad, I just wanted to say, Ms. Jackson, you can be all out.”
“Wonder what @JennMJacksonPhD thinks about the atrocities committed by ISIS and Boko Haram in West Africa and the Sahel,” thought Kyle Matthews, executive director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.
“Thanks Osama, the feminist,” another tweeted.
Many of the angry responses to Jackson’s comments were too rude for publication.
Jackson’s personal website describes the professor as “a queer gender flux androgynous black woman, an abolitionist, a lover of all black people, and an assistant professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Political Science.”
Jackson’s personal website describes the professor as “a queer gender flux androgynous black woman, an abolitionist, a lover of all black people”
The Syracuse Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs lists Jackson’s courses as Gender and Politics, Black Feminist Politics, Advanced Qualitative Methods, and Introduction to American National Government.
Jackson’s e-mailed out of office notice said they will be on research leave in the fall, but will return to class in the spring of 2022.
Jackson also regularly published a column for: Teen Vogue, although the professor does not appear to have contributed to the publication since February.
The professor is also the author of the science book Policing Blackness. Jackson’s next book, Black Women Taught Us, will be published next year by Random House.