Randa Jarrar: California College Professor Tweets She Is Glad 'Racist' Barbara Bush Is Dead

Aaron Homer

A California college professor is getting heated reaction for an insensitive tweet about Barbara Bush, calling the former first lady a "racist" and saying that she's glad she's dead, the New York Post is reporting.

Randa Jarrar is a professor at Fresno State University in California. And on Wednesday, the English professor let loose with a tweet about the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

"Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F*** outta here with your nice words."

As the Fresno Bee reports, Jarrar's tweet was met with harsh criticism, with over 2,000 replies. That is, before she made her Twitter account "Private" -- which is to say, only those whom she approves can see her tweets.

However, before making her account private, Jarrar doubled down on her tweet.

First, she bragged to those who suggested that she should be fired that she was unfireable, claiming that she was a tenured professor who made $100,000 per year.

"I will never be fired."

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 18, 2018

"LOL! Let me help you. You should tag my president, @josephlcastro 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. GO BULLDOGS!"
"On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush. We share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments made today by Professor Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English Department at Fresno State. Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State. 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."
"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."
"Currently on leave from Fresno State. This is my private account and represents my opinions."

Nevertheless, spokeswoman Patti Waid confirmed that the university is "looking into" Jararr's tweets.

According to her biography on the Fresno State University website, Jarrar is "an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator." Further, her bio says she grew up in Egypt and Kuwait before moving to the U.S. after the first Gulf War.

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