A Fresno State University professor publicly celebrated the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush on Tuesday night, calling her a “racist” and mother of a “war criminal.”
“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F**k outta here with your nice words,” Randa Jarrar tweeted.
The college professor seemed to relish in the immediate backlash she received. In one response, she even claimed she was happy former President George W. Bush was “sad” because he lost his mother.
“All the hate I’m getting ALMOST made me forget how happy I am that George W Bush is probably really sad right now,” she wrote.
That’s when she revealed that she wasn’t afraid to say such horrendous things because she is a “tenured professor” who will “never be fired.”
“Sweetie I work as a tenured professor. i make 100K a year doing that. i will never be fired. i will always have people wanting to hear what i have to say. Even if you are one of them!”
However, she may have overestimated her importance as her employer, Fresno State University President Joseph Castro, distanced himself from her in a statement:
On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush.
We share the deep concerns by others over the personal comments made today by Professor Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English Department at Fresno State. Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State.
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 progres
A short time later, Professor Jarrar made her Twitter account private and said she was now “on leave” from Fresno State University.
It was likely shocking to the “tenured professor” that she is actually having to pay the consequences for her actions.