Over 60.000 people have signed onto a Change.org petition to fire professor Randa Jarrar from Fresno State University regarding the comments she made about former First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush’s death.
The petition demanded ‘immediate termination of professor Randa Jarrar for racism and inflammatory comments regarding the former First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush.’
After the former First Lady Barbara Bush died last week, Randa Jarrar tweeted that she was ‘happy the witch is dead’:
‘PSA: Either you are against these pieces of s*** and their genocidal ways or you’re part of the problem. That’s actually how simple this is. 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.’
Randa Jarrar also tweeted that Bush was a racist and balked at a suggestion that California State University, Fresno (aka Fresno State) would terminate her:
‘Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F*** outta here with your nice words.’
Shortly after she made her comments, Fresno State distanced itself from their content and the next day, Provost Lynnette Zelezny stated that her comments are ‘deeply disrespectful.’ Provost Zelezny added that collective bargaining protected Randa Jarrar’s employment but after undergoing the proper procedure, the Californian University could remove her.
Community leaders also reportedly expressed concern about Randa Jarrar’s comments, according to the President of the University Joseph Castro, they felt outrage.
‘They’re outraged, and I’m outraged as well,’ Joseph Castro said. ‘This is behaviour that is unacceptable as a university that models the development of leaders; we just cannot tolerate it.’
One donor told the newspaper ‘Fresno Bee’ that her comments represented ‘such an embarrassment to the university and the community.’ ‘It’s hard to believe this is an isolated thing that just happened. I have to imagine people previously knew of this person’s character and what she’s about,’ he added.
Besides the backlash against Randa Jarrar’s comments, she received multiple rounds of applause at the LitHop festival this year. The event’s founder, Lee Herrick, defended professor Randa Jarrar, saying, ‘I support Randa Jarrar’s free speech, and I also denounce any violence against her or threats of violence against anyone else.’
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