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NJ college: Professor fired for racially insensitive remarks

26 June 2017, 05:34 | Doyle Barker

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Black NJ College Professor Lisa Durden Fired For Defending Black Lives Matter Party On Tucker Carlson

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.

Prof Durden's comments drew the ire of Fox News' predominantly conservative audience, and became enough of a talking point on campus that some students expressed their "frustration, concern and even fear" over her ability to teach them. She addressed the matter with school officials Tuesday, three days before the firing was announced.

On his June 6 show, Carlson and Durden, who is black, got into a heated exchange over the appropriateness of allowing only blacks to attend a Black Lives Matter event in New York City on Memorial Day. Durden, who is black, discussed a Memorial Day event held exclusively for black people hosted by a Black Lives Matter group.

"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.

"Boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card", she told Carlson.

Two days after the show, the school suspended Durden with pay. "Racism can not be fought with more racism", Munroe added.

Stay on topic - This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand.

Durden said the college "publicly lynched" her.

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

Durden, meanwhile, according to the Philly Inquirer, called her firing a lynching and said that she felt like a rape victim being blamed for what happened to her.

'When the administration receives an outpouring of concern regarding our student body, it is our responsibility to investigate those concerns, ' he said.

"The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion and unity", he said.

The incendiary nature of the issues involved make this a close call, but how far should we go in defending free speech?

The public school, Farber said, "can't prevent (employees) from speaking out on something, whether politics or other subjects". "The college affirms its right to select employees who represent the institution appropriately and are aligned with our mission".

Durden's attorney, Leslie Farber, said the two are considering taking legal action over her firing. 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'.

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