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Protesters: Rehire teacher fired for Fox News commentary

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/7/2017

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) — Activists are imploring New Jersey lawmakers to demand a college rehire a professor who was fired last after officials said she made racially insensitive remarks during a Fox News interview.

About a dozen protesters showed up at a Thursday night meeting of county legislators to discuss former Essex County College adjunct professor Lisa Durden, who also attended.

NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2sxlqaE ) Durden presented the board with a petition of 2,500 signatures supporting her. The legislators, known as freeholders, do not have hiring or firing authority at the college, although they appoint the college's trustees.

Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake says the board will ensure the college knows about the petition.

Essex County College fired Durden in June after she made the remarks on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," defending a Black Lives Matter event that only invited black people.

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