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University professor slams Barbara Bush as 'amazing racist'

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/18/2018 DAVID BOROFF

A defiant Fresno State University professor slammed Barbara Bush as an "amazing racist" almost immediately after the former First Lady's death on Tuesday — and boasted that she will "never be fired" for her harsh words.

Randa Jarrar wrote on Twitter that Bush was a "generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal," according to the Fresno Bee. She later made her Twitter account private.

Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush, passed away at the age of 92. She had been suffering from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Tributes poured out for Barbara Bush from both sides of the political aisle. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump praised her, and former President Bill Clinton tweeted that she "was a remarkable woman."

Jarrar, an English professor who won an American Book Award last year for her story collection "Him, Me, Muhammad Ali," was unapologetic about her stance. She wrote about Bush, according to the Bee: "F--k outta here with your nice words."

"What I love about being an American professor is my right to free speech, and what I love about Fresno State is that I always feel protected and at home here,” Jarrar tweeted, according to the Bee. "GO BULLDOGS!"

Jarrar, who is on leave this semester, was heavily criticized on social media after she made her comments. She referred to them in another tweet, writing, "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," according to the Bee.

The California university said in a statement that "we share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments" made by Jarrar. The university is reviewing the matter, according to spokesperson Patti Waid.

"Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State," university president Joseph Castro said in a statement. "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."

The university extended its "deepest condolences" to the Bush family.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away Tuesday. © J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away Tuesday.
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