Barbara Bush labeled an 'amazing racist' by university professor shortly after her death
Randa Jarrar, a creative-writing professor at California State University at Fresno, wrote a series of politically incorrect tweets after former first lady Barbara Bush died.
Jarrar, who is an award-winning Arab-American writer, got herself in trouble for attacking Barbara Bush, whose death on Tuesday, April 17, occasioned heartfelt bipartisan encomiums.
According to a NY Daily News report, Jarrar wrote in a since-deleted tweet: 'Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal.'
Her tweet quickly drew criticism on social media, but Jarrar continued to pillory Bush in an ensuing series of tweets, saying that she’s ‘happy the witch is dead’ and also expressed joy at the thought of former president Bush in mourning over the passing of his mother.
Jarrar, 39, born in the United States, was raised in Kuwait and then returned to America as a teenager in 1991.
She went on to earn numerous degrees and became a distinguished, if controversial, writer and outspoken critic of American policy in the Middle East and immigration and frequently and audibly denounced racism, sexism, and imperialism.
The repercussions of her statements, despite Jarrar asserting that she could speak freely without fear of reprisal due to her stature as a tenured professor, may result in her no longer being with the college.
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.
Jarrar said that’s her number, prompting a flood of calls to the hotline that normally receives just a few calls per week. A university investigation is underway. But several donors to Fresno State reportedly are considering if the university deserves their contributions.
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.