A professor in California this week shamelessly took shots at the recently deceased First Lady, Barbara Bush.
Randa Jarrar, an English professor at California State University, Fresno, referred to the matriarch of the Bush family as an “amazing racist,” and said she was “happy the witch is dead” before gloating that her tenure would protect her from being disciplined.
“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. Fuck outta here with your nice words,” Jarrar said, just an hour after the former first lady’s death on Tuesday at 92.
Jarrar then made her Twitter private and posted she was “currently on leave from Fresno State.”
The teacher’s tasteless tweets generated a huge Internet backlash before her account was locked.
“PSA: either you are against these pieces of shit and their genocidal ways or you’re part of the problem. That’s actually how simple this is. 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,” the self-described Muslim professor tweeted, also mentioning she was glad “George W. Bush is probably really sad right now.”
The tirade continued with the college level educator showboating her tenure, which shields many professors from being fired no matter how inappropriate their behavior might be.
“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 crowed on Twitter.
In a short time Jarrar’s shocking Tweets garnered over 2,000 outraged replies, as reported in the college paper, The Fresno Bee.
“@FresnoStateAlum wow. Not making me feel proud of being an alum right now. I think more than a ‘statement’ is needed from you on this @JosephICastro,” tweeted former student Lauren Milam, while tagging Fresno State president Joseph Castro.
“I have always had great respect for Fresno State, but if @randajarrar and the institution value hate speech through the mockery and celebration of Americans dying, I refuse to associate. Not another penny from me. @JosephICastro and @Fresno_State ought to be ashamed,” pointed out another user.
The outrage left Jarrar hurling blame and seeking sympathy saying:
“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 crazy in my mentions right now.”
Things were escalated even further when Jarrar posted a phone number which people assumed belonged to the school or herself, but turned out to be a line to a crisis and suicide prevention center, prompting a deeper distain for her tastelessness.
“Replying to @randajarrar. Your freedom of speech does not entitle you to have all these people spam an actual mental health crisis line. Please stop,” a user claiming to be a pediatric surgeon tweeted.
Her book on Amazon began taking on bad review after bad review with comments like “Terrible book,” “Horrible writing. Don’t waste your time,” and “Will make for expensive toilet paper.”
Fresno State put out a statement telling the public they had “deep concerns” regarding their tenured professor.
“On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush,” Fresno State president Joseph Castro wrote in the statement.
Statement by @Fresno_State President @JosephICastro regarding tweets made today by a faculty member:
“We share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments made today by professor Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English Department at Fresno State.”
Castro distanced the schools accountability saying Jarrar’s posts were “as a private citizen.”
“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 progress,” he stated.
Pawl Bazile is Patriotism Correspondent for DANGEROUS and Production Director for Proud Boy Magazine. He tweets at @PawlBazile.