When Randa Jarrar, a professor at Fresno State, spoke ill towards the recently deceased Barbra Bush, her comments were met with bewilderment and anger. Jarrar egged on those who opposed her political ideology by claiming she had tenure and would never be fired no matter what she said. Even though she is still employed by the university, a petition has been started to have her fired.
The professor who dubbed the former first lady “an amazing racist” may be facing increasing backlash that could result in her termination. “Immediate termination of Professor Randa Jarrar for racism and inflammatory comments regarding a former First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush,” is the petition’s main goal.
Hours after Barbra died, Jarrar took to social media to proclaim her excitement over the news of the 92-year-old’s death. “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” the English professor wrote on her social media account. “F**k outta here with your nice words.”
Since Jarrar made her inflammatory remarks on Twitter, she had been placed on a semester leave as an internal investigation takes place.
She suggested that her tenure at the university would save her from being terminated. “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,” she said in separate social media post.
Days following the controversial Tweet, the university’s president, Joseph Castro, published a statement in which he stated he stood with his professor, explaining that her views are not the views of the university, but they respect her freedom of speech.
This decision didn’t sit well with donors of the university who threatened to pull their funding if Jarrar was not fired.
“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,” Ed Dunkel Jr, a large donor for the university, said.
As the heat turns up on university officials, it will be interesting to see if they still value her opinion in the future.