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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Bush-bashing professor has Fresno State scrambling to keep its donors
Ed. Another view of the classy
charmer who attacked Barbara Bush upon her death
The following article appeared in the NY Post on April 20th
Randa Jarrar, an
English professor at the school (also known as California State University at
Fresno), sparked outrage Tuesday just hours after the former first lady died at
age 92, writing a number of tweets attacking Bush and the family.
“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,” the professor tweeted. “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.”
Jarrar is currently
on leave this semester and was reportedly traveling overseas.
Amid the backlash,
someone on social media shared Jarrar’s publicly available work phone number
and email address, to which the professor responded with a phone number for a
crisis hotline at Arizona State University, saying that’s her number, prompting
a flood of calls to the hotline that normally receives just a few calls per
investigation is under way. But several donors to Fresno State reportedly are
considering whether the university deserves their contributions.
Ed Dunkel Jr., who
made sizable financial contributions to Fresno State, said he will await the
outcome of the controversy before deciding whether to close his checkbook.
“I have a lot of
friends that I’ve been talking to, and these are people who donate now and
talking about holding back, and some are even questioning whether to send their
kids to Fresno State,” Dunkel told
the Fresno Bee.
“I admire and have a
lot of respect for President Castro and huge affection for Fresno State,”
Dunkel said. “But I have huge concerns. This represents 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.”
Fresno State's Joseph Castro
President Joseph Castro acknowledged that he’s been having conversations with
donors regarding the controversy.
I’m having are more about their concern, and I share that concern. I understand
where they’re coming from. I’m asking them for understanding here as we work
through the complexities of this issue,” he told the Fresno Bee.
and I’m outraged as well,” he added. “This is behavior that is unacceptable as
a university that models the development of leaders. We just cannot tolerate
But while Jarrar is facing calls to be terminated,
she attracted support from multiple advocacy organizations and professors who
defended her right to free speech.
“Jarrar’s tweets are unquestionably protected
speech under the First Amendment and Fresno State has no power to censor,
punish, or terminate Jarrar for them,” Adam Steinbaugh, senior program officer
for FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), said in a statement
to Fox News.
FIRE also joined other free speech advocacy
groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, in opposing the
university’s decision to investigate Jarrar, saying it conflicts with the First
Another controversial Fresno State professor, who
was demoted after tweeting that President Donald Trump “must hang” in order to
“save American democracy,” said the university is failing to live up to its
promise to defend academic freedom.
Lars Maischak, a history lecturer, wrote an article for the Bee claiming the university is siding
with attackers of Jarrar rather than standing up to the “fascist threat to
Ed. Fresno State's President, Joseph Castro, said he found Jarrar's statements perfectly acceptable because the 'professor' made them personally and not as a school spokesman.
Let that sink in for just a moment. Apparently a school employee can make ANY sort of statement and nothing would be disgusting or disgraceful enough for even a reprimand if it was not made on behalf of the school!
Is there something pretty damned WRONG with that viewpoint, or is it me?