Professor who went on Barbara Bush 'racist' rant may not be saved by tenure
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A California State University, Fresno professor's rant about Barbara Bush being an "amazing racist" might land her in hot water.
Her tenure status might not save her career, school officials said.
Randa Jarrar, an English professor at the central California university, began her more than five-hour Twitter firestorm within an hour of the official announcement of Bush's death on Tuesday.
"Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who along with her husband, raised a war criminal," Jarrar wrote. "[Expletive] outta here with your nice words."
She went on to call Bush a "witch" and wished "the rest of her family to fall to their demise."
Twitter users immediately called on Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro to address the professor's tweets.
Jarrar fired back, offering up Castro's Twitter handle.
"What I love about being an American professor is my right to free speech, and what I love about Fresno State is that I always feel protected and at home here," she wrote. "GO BULLDOGS!"
Jarrar also stated she is a tenured professor and could not be fired.
"Sweetie i work as a tenured professor. i make $100K a year doing that. i will never be fired," she wrote in a Twitter reply.
Castro released a statement Tuesday evening, assuring Jarrar's comments were "contrary to the core values of the university."
Castro's statement continued.
"Professor Jarrar’s expressed personal views and commentary are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a sincere commitment to mutual understanding and progress.”
That's actually kind of surprising. I figure it's different from University to University but I know here it takes an awful lot to get a tenured professor fired
A prof at the university my sister went to went full anti-Semitic when he got tenure and they refused to do anything about it
Well, whether she should be fired or not, it doesn't exactly show good judgement as a professor to make comments like that right after someone's death. I don't really know anything about Barbara Bush, but I'm sure her life and views could be criticised in a perfectly respectful manner.
There's free speech, and then there's being a massive cunt.
Its one thing to make a statement like that.
Its another to bait your employer by mentioning your salary and basically daring them to fire you.
Hope she's fired! Also
She ... wished "the rest of her family to fall to their demise."
Should be investigated by the Secret Service
Should it really? If the secret service checked up on everyone who posted "I hope Donald Trump dies" anywhere on the internet, they'd have a year-long backlog at this point. It's tasteless, but you'd be kinda stupid to take as an actual threat.
>“I’m happy the witch is dead. can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million iraqis have. byyyeeeeeee.”
For calling someone a witch, she sure as fuck looks like one
We had a tenured math professor at my college who was universally hated by students and staff but all attempts to get rid of him failed because tenure. Tenure protections are bullshit.
Was it a facepunch poster had said some threat?
Political correctness has gone mad.
I hope a free speech protest is organized to defend this woman.
To be honest George W. Bush is a war-criminal, I think it might show a bit of a cultural problem in general (maybe not Barbara's parenting failure) that people will put their own profits and gains about the lives of thousands of others.
I disagree. If she was arrested for these comments, then we should support her. There's no reason not to fire someone if they make comments that make your institution look bad.
She should be fired.
Words have consequences.
Well...is it true that George W. Bush sent us to war for no reason and got a million+ people killed because of a desire for money? Yes? Well...then I don't really see this as any different from a person criticizing past leaderships for genociding Indians.
A member said something stupid about Obama.
Every goddamn time
It's sad people resort to administrative type actions instead of, oh I don't know, humiliating them on television by destroying their arguments, I wish THAT would be normalized instead of ruining careers and reputations.
He was reported by another user in here. But the SS probably have tools that does some general filtering of potential treatful materials on the web.
Public Service announcement: They don't like being called SS. The preferred acronym is USSS
It's disturbing that people like this are so widespread in our higher education system.
I didn't mean to rate this winner, oops.
You can rerate you know.
Barbara had nothing to do with it at all. If she was even remotely connected to any of it, it would of been Iraq round 1. You know the war were the coalition was forced to respond after an unprovoked invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.
gotta get that positive feedback reinforcement from strangers on the internet dude, who even are you if you don't make bombastic edgy claims on Twitter after a famous person dies /s
I was joking but I guess it wasn't funny
(I'm pretty sure they're making a play on the standard alt-right or conservative practice of kicking up a fuss when one of "theirs" gets fired for saying awful shit, slow your roll a bit there buddy)
I am honestly surprised how bad the Twitter etiquette of some people are. If you've worked at a uni long enough to actually get tenure no amount of "my opinions are my own" in your Twitter bio is going to separate shit you say personally as shit you say as a representative of that university. I'm honestly not surprised they're taking action, but it's so weird to see someone with tenure actually get punished properly.
I think itweird that free speech rallies have a far right connotation. Maybe that's just me
This is the issue I have a problem with. People don't want others to be slaves to their employers, but don't understand that this type of shit flies right in the face of that goal. The company isn't paying me for my time at home. They should never be able to dictate what I can and cannot legally do at home.
I find it highly hipocritical that the same people who would rail against large corporations having too much power would also welcome large corporations firing people who say mean things, which is much more power than any kind of political donations. And the fact that this university is publicly funded is even worse, since they are supposed to protect professors against this stuff.
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