Fresno State Professor calls Former First Lady Racist

While most of the nation is mourning the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush, a college professor at Fresno State University celebrated by tweeting out disparaging remarks.

" F-k outta here with your nice words", she wrote in a tweet.

"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 insane in my mentions right now", Jarrar tweeted. She is an English professor at the school.

Jarrar said she feels protected at Fresno State as an American professor with a right to free speech.

"Understandably, many people are very concerned and upset about the nature of Professor Jarrar's personal comments".

Following the death Tuesday of former first lady Barbara Bush, it didn't take long before a radical and heartless university professor started spewing unbelievably vile, hate-filled rhetoric - actually celebrating Mrs.


Zelezny said that while the university respects diverse opinions, they want them to be in a quote 'climate of respect'. We believe that Ms. Jarrar has crossed the line and should be terminated from her position at Fresno State. "We acknowledge the severity of her statements and take very seriously the concerns expressed throughout the community", Jarrar's tweets calling the Bush "an incredible racist", a "witch", and wishing her family to "fall to their demise" have prompted some to call for her termination. Some called for her firing. Further, her bio says she grew up in Egypt and Kuwait before moving to the US after the first Gulf War.

But whether or not Jarrar will be fired, Zelezny said, will depend on an investigation that will review the facts in the case.

Jarrar's twitter bio reads now, in part, "Currently on leave from Fresno State". She had requested a personal leave of absence at the beginning of the year, but is scheduled to teach again in the fall. "We are all held accountable for our actions".

Jasmine Leiva, a Fresno State graduate, called Jarrar "a gem" and said Fresno State was "lucky to have her".

Castro, the school's president, said Wednesday that "a professor with tenure does not have blanket protection to say and do what they wish".

Jarrar then tweeted a smiley face to show her pleasure over the former president's grieving over his mother's death.

  • Tracy Klein