Osei-Frimpong is listed on UGA's website as a doctoral student in its philosophy department. His duties include leading a discussion for a class taught by a professor, a university spokesman said Tuesday afternoon. He became a teaching assistant in 2016, a UGA spokesman said late Tuesday. Osei-Frimpong referred an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter to a post on his Facebook page written Tuesday morning defending his positions.
In one post Tuesday, Osei-Frimpong explained his comments about white people dying by noting a white woman died protesting against racism in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. “She didn’t wake up that day to die … But she paid the price.”
In Friday’s video, which has been viewed more than 5,000 times, Osei-Frimpong talks about using “nonviolent militancy” to combat white racism.
“Before white people will shoot you, they’ll try to take your job, they’ll try to take your house, they’ll threaten you, they’ll send you to prison,” he said. “The amount of fear … in black communities of white people is just horrifying.”
Osei-Frimpong frequently said in the video that “white people are crazy,” but noted at one point “not all of them” are and there are “white allies trying to do the right thing.”
At one point, he said the university’s Rutherford Hall should be renamed, saying the woman it was named after, Mildred Rutherford, said “slavery wasn’t that bad.”
Some critics have suggested alumni and donors withhold funding to UGA.
Osei-Frimpong has a website called "The Funky Academic" in which he's been blogging about race relations since April 2015. He called himself courageous in Friday's YouTube video.
“This may make it a little difficult for me to get a job later in life,” he said near the end of the video.
The man at the center of the controversy is Irami Osei-Frampong -- a philosophy graduate student employed by the university as a teacher's assistant.