Professor's rant on Barbara Bush could cost her job

Saul Bowman
April 20, 2018

She added, "Fuck outta here with your nice words".

"If you'd like to know what it's like to be an Arab American Muslim American woman with some clout online expressing an opinion, look at the racists going insane in my mentions right now", Jarrar tweeted. "Who would want to learn English when she spews this vile crap?" one user asks.

President Joseph Castro's statement reads in part, "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 honest commitment to mutual understanding and progress".

The comments from Professor Randa Jarrar are wholly inappropriate and out of line.

Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92.

The Fresno Bee reported: "The backlash on Twitter was vast on Tuesday night, with thousands of comments pouring in to condemn Jarrar for what she had said". She said Fresno State police Chief David Huerta is working with the university to provide those security measures but did not elaborate on the specific plans. She is now on a personal leave of absence for the spring semester.

One of the offending tweets. TWITTER
One of the offending tweets. TWITTER

Jarrar's words - and others that she used as she argued with critics during an overnight tweetstorm - sparked a backlash on social media that would soon prompt the university to distance itself from her remarks. "We understand the concerns we are receiving from the community and beyond", she said.

In honor of Bush´s life, President Donald Trump ordered that the USA flag be flown at half-staff until sundown on the day she is buried, at all public buildings and grounds, as well as military posts and vessels.

A #boycottfresnostate hashtag appeared on Twitter, and some people are calling for donations to the school to stop until or unless Jarrar is fired.

And after his initial comments, Castro said: "A professor with tenure does not have blanket protection to say and do what they wish".

In a Wednesday morning news conference, Provost Lynnette Zelezny said the university had put in place "additional security", a common action "when we feel that there's a spotlight on us". A report in The Fresno Bee stated that, according to the university, Jarrar "has been on leave all semester".


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