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NJ college fires prof for insensitive remarks on Fox News

26 June 2017, 05:31 | Marion Schneider

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An African-American professor has been sacked by her New Jersey university after comments she made in defence of Black Lives Matter during an interview with USA network Fox News. When Carlson confronted Durden about the blacks-only celebration, Durden mocked: "Boo-hoo-hoo, you white people are angry because you couldn't use your "white privilege" card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter's all-black Memorial Day celebration!"

The two-year public school had initially slapped the communications prof with a full-pay suspension after she used phrases like "white-privilege card" while defending a Black Lives Matter group's all-black Memorial Day festivities in the heated interview.

The controversial interview aired on June 6, 2017.

Essex County College's president announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Lisa Durden's appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

According an Associated Press report, Essex County College has fired adjunct professor Lisa Durden for the comments she made while on Carlson's show. "The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity", he explained. "Racism can not be fought with more racism".

Following her firing on Friday, Durden told NJ.com that she's received quite a bit of support from students and faculty and that she believed the school would have her back after her Fox News appearance.

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In response to her dismissal, Durden and her attorney, Leslie Farber, are considering legal action against the school, alleging the college violated Durden's First Amendment rights.

"I thought the whole point of Black Lives Matter. would be to speak out against singling people out on the basis of their race and punishing them for that", Carlson kicked off the interview.

"The college affirms its right to select employees who represent the institution appropriately and are aligned with our mission", Munroe said, adding that the school "supports and affirms the right of free speech and independent views and expressions of those views for our faculty and staff".

She said, however, that it was brought up earlier that day in a meeting with college vice president Jeffrey Lee and assistant director of Human Resources Karen Bridgett.

"This particular day, they said stay your a-es out", Durden said.

"I thought it would be a safe place for me", she told the paper, referring to the college. Carlson had introduced her as a "political commentator and Black Lives Matter supporter". "I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe." but "I was sacked".



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