A University of New Jersey professor has been fired for “racist” comments in a Fox News interview.
Lisa Durden, an African American professor at the University of New Jersey has reportedly been fired for allegedly “racist” comments in a Fox News interview. On June 6th, Durden was speaking to Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the topic of Black Lives Matter.
Carlson said to Durden that he thinks the movement appears to be causing a division rather than bringing awareness to racism and asked for her comments. Durden replied by sarcastically saying:
“What I say to that is ‘boo hoo hoo’. White people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter memorial day celebration – wow!”
“White folks crack me up when all of a sudden we want to have one day for black folks to focus on ourselves. You’ve been having ‘white day’ forever,” she continues to say.
“You don’t say the words any more because you know it’s politically incorrect – but we have an all white Oscars, movies with all white actors … it took 11 years to get a black Bachelorette. Are you serious?”
Carlson responded to her comments by calling her a “separatist,” “demented,” and compared her to Nazis.
Responses To her Interview
Durden then reportedly became a hot topic on the university’s campus, with some students saying they felt “frustration, concern and even fear.” about the idea of her teaching them.
The University then responded by conducting a review of Durden, after which she was fired. Anthony Munroe, the president of the university said that Durden’s comments had “become a very contentious and divisive issue” on campus.
“In consideration of the College’s mission, and the impact that this matter has had on the College’s fulfillment of its mission, we cannot maintain an employment relationship with the adjunct.” he said.
He also commented saying: “The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion and unity. Racism cannot be fought with more racism.”
Responses to her Firing
Durden has since hired an attorney in order to challenge the university’s decision to fire her. Students have also launched a petition asking for the Essex County College to undo this mistake, on the grounds that she has a right to free speech.
Durden said: “I thought it would be a safe place for me. I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe.”
Leslie Farber, her attorney, also said: “It is free speech guaranteed by the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution and New Jersey law.”