The verdict is finally in for the California State University, Fresno professor who praised the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush.
English professor Randa Jarrar offered a number of other vile comments about the former First Lady such as calling her an “amazing racist,” saying that Bush raised a “war criminal” (speaking of Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush) and “the witch is dead.”
She also wished “the rest of her [the Bush] family to fall to their demise.”
Following the comments, people looked into her social media accounts and found even more despicable comments. Here’s a few of those comments, per BizPac Review:
Not only that, English professor Randa Jarrar can continue to enjoy what amounts to an extended vacation.
And this coming after disturbing footage surfaced of Jarrar criticizing the farmers who produce our food, while praising left-wing terrorists who hijacked planes in the 1960s and 1970s. She also advocated for throwing grenades into the homes of those she disagrees with.
As pressure grew on the university to respond, Fresno State University President Joseph I. Castro released a statement concerning the comments and whether Jarrar would receive any disciplinary actions. Although a petition was started to have her fired, Castro determined that Jarrar “did not violate any CSU or university policies.”
“Professor Jarrar’s conduct was insensitive, inappropriate and an embarrassment to the university,” Castro added, per BizPac Review. “I know her comments have angered many in our community and impacted our students. Her comments, although disgraceful, are protected free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
Here’s more on the announcement, per USA Today:
Last week the university began a review of Jarrar, who was already on leave for the semester when the controversy began. University provost Lynette Zelenzy said at the time that there are “situations where a tenured faculty person can be fired.”
Jarrar, whose position now appears secure, tweeted during the uproar, “I work as a tenured professor. I make 100K a year doing that. I will never be fired.”
Castro said that “although Professor Jarrar used tenure to defend her behavior, this private action is an issue of free speech and not related to her job or tenure. Therefore, the university does not have justification to support taking any disciplinary action.”
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) April 25, 2018
Here’s even more, per Fresno State News:
Professor Jarrar’s conduct was insensitive, inappropriate and an embarrassment to the university. I know her comments have angered many in our community and impacted our students. Let me be clear, on campus and whenever we are representing the university, I expect all of us to engage in respectful dialogue.
Immediately following Professor Jarrar’s tweets last Tuesday, we carefully reviewed the facts and consulted with CSU counsel to determine whether we could take disciplinary action. After completing this process, we have concluded that Professor Jarrar did not violate any CSU or university policies and that she was acting in a private capacity and speaking about a public matter on her personal Twitter account. Her comments, although disgraceful, are protected free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, although Professor Jarrar used tenure to defend her behavior, this private action is an issue of free speech and not related to her job or tenure. Therefore, the university does not have justification to support taking any disciplinary action. Professor Jarrar will remain on leave through the Spring semester, which she had previously requested before this incident. This matter has highlighted some important issues that deserve further consultation with our academic leadership.
Our duty as Americans and as educators is to promote a free exchange of diverse views, even if we disagree with them. At Fresno State, we encourage opinions and ideas to be expressed in a manner that informs, enlightens and educates without being disparaging of others. It makes me proud when I see our students, faculty and staff debate and learn from each other. This is how we boldly educate and empower our students to succeed.
Read the rest of the statement here.
BizPac Review writes, “And there you have an excellent example of what’s wrong with advanced education in America today, and why these institutions of higher learning turn out radical, left-wing social justice warriors ill-equipped to face the realities of the world.”
And, “If Jarrar attacked Michelle Obama with the same voracity she went after Bush with, we’d see an entirely different reaction.”
If anyone spoke badly about Michelle Obama the way Randa Jarrar spoke about Barbara Bush, you bet your ass all hell would break loose
— Hannah💋 (@_giguere_33) April 19, 2018
. @JosephICastro – COWARD
I’m a comedian, huge free speech advocate.
Randa Jarrar should be fired 4 her sheer arrogance. A garbage person that cannot possibly be shielded through your terrible +weak PC
Protecting her hate isn’t why you make 300k a year.
— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) April 18, 2018
Several other people online expressed similar sentiments and said she ought to be fired over the verbal assault of the Bush family. Conversely, some conservatives argued that her comments, however wicked, should be protected and that the professor should not be fired because conservatives disagree with what she said.