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US Cal State Fresno professor will keep job after 'disgraceful' tweets about Barbara Bush, campus president says

09:36  25 april  2018
09:36  25 april  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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Fresno State is investigating the incident in which an English professor tweeted that former first lady Barbara Bush was an "amazing racist," said the university 's provost. Fresno Bee Jobs . Professor 's tweet about Barbara Bush was 'beyond free speech,' Fresno State president says .

But a creative writing professor at California State University at Fresno had a blunt message for those offering up fond remembrances: “ Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” Randa Jarrar wrote Tuesday night on Twitter

a person wearing a hat © Adela Santana A Cal State Fresno professor who posted disparaging remarks on Twitter about former First Lady Barbara Bush will keep her job, university officials said Tuesday.

Randa Jarrar drew swift and widespread condemnation when she called Bush, wife of former President George H.W. Bush and mother of former President George W. Bush, an “amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal.”

In a letter to the campus community, Cal State Fresno President Joseph Castro called Jarrar’s comments “disgraceful” and “an embarrassment to the university,” but said they were protected under the 1st Amendment.

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Fresno State says it can’t discipline the professor who called Barbara Bush an ‘amazing racist’. To scores of critics, it was “challenge accepted.” They tagged Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro in tweets , and they emailed him and wrote editorials with a singular message: Jarrar’s words were

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After reviewing the tweets with the university’s counsel, administrators concluded that Jarrar, who teaches creative writing, did not violate the school’s policies and was acting as a private citizen when she posted the comments online.

“Therefore, the university does not have justification to support taking any disciplinary action,” Castro wrote.

Jarrar’s tweets came within an hour of the April 17 announcement that Barbara Bush had died.

“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. byyyeeeeeeee,” Jarrar wrote.

Jarrar brought up comments Barbara Bush made in 2005 about her son’s administration’s much-criticized response to Hurricane Katrina.

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Randa Jarrar, a professor at California State University at Fresno ( Fresno State ), took to Twitter earlier this week to attack the former first lady’s legacy and call her names – and the professor seemed to taunt her critics, telling them to take their complaints straight to the university president .

California State University 's Fresno campus is investigating after one of their English professors tweeted she was "happy" former first lady Barbara “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

While touring the Houston Astrodome, which was used as a relocation center for New Orleans residents, Barbara Bush said: “Many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”

Facing a fierce backlash on social media, including calls for her termination, Jarrar bragged about her $100,000 salary as a tenured professor.

“I will never be fired,” she wrote.

Her Twitter account has since been turned private. On the contact page of her website, she wrote: “I do not read or respond to messages about Barbara Bush,” followed by a red heart.

A slew of civil liberties organizations came to Jarrar’s defense, calling the university’s investigation a chilling threat to free speech on campus.

“The university’s response is antithetical to a core value of our democracy: the right to express views on issues central to our national conversation in ways that might be provocative or disagreeable,” wrote leaders of civil rights groups, including the ACLU Foundation of Northern California and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Jarrar is the American-born daughter of Palestinian and Egyptian parents and grew up in the Persian Gulf region, in Cairo and on the East Coast. Her 2008 novel, “A Map of Home,” chronicles the life of a girl growing up between the Middle East and the U.S.

Castro said Jarrar will remain on leave — which she had requested before the Twitter incident and backlash — through the spring semester.

alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Twitter: @AleneTchek

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