NJ College: Professor Fired for Racially Insensitive Remarks

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A New Jersey community college defended its move to fire an adjunct professor over her racially charged comments in a face-off with Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

Durden said the school "publically lynched" her.

Speaking to host Tucker Carlson on June 6, Professor Lisa Durden came out firing after he suggested the Black Lives Matter movement was causing greater division between races in the US. Durden's response included her claiming, "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", among other lines.

When Carlson asked her thoughts, Durden interrupted the host, saying: "Boo hoo hoo".

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 school suspended Durden two days after the show aired. She addressed the matter during a public meeting Tuesday with school officials, but was soon fired.

Essex County College President Anthony Munroe released a statement Friday night regarding Durden's termination. The Newark resident said she thought living in a "black and brown city" and working for a "black and brown college", she would be supported after a trying appearance on Fox News.

Carlson called her comments during the roughly six-minute interview 'hostile, separatist and insane'.

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

"It should be a safe place for me", she said. "The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity".

"In consideration of the college's mission, and the impact that this matter has had on the college's fulfillment of its mission, we can not maintain an employment relationship with the adjunct".

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 college affirms its right to select employees who represent the institution appropriately and are aligned with our mission".

Durden told the Star-Ledger she has received support from other staff members and students since she left the college but compared her experience since the show with being a rape victim who is blamed for the crime.

She also said she's considering legal action against the college for terminating her.

"I fully believe that institutions of higher learning must provide a safe space for students..."

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