NJ college: Professor fired for racially insensitive remarks

A New Jersey community college has fired an adjunct professor Lisa Durden after officials say she made racially insensitive comments during an appearance on'Tucker Carlson Tonight two weeks ago

A New Jersey community college has fired an adjunct professor Lisa Durden after officials say she made racially insensitive comments during an appearance on'Tucker Carlson Tonight two weeks ago

Lisa Durden, an adjunct professor of communications at Essex County College in New Jersey, was sacked after remarks made to Tucker Carlson on Fox News defending a Memorial Day party hosted by a NY chapter of Black Lives Matter and intended for "blacks-only".

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.

Following a review, Lisa Durden was sacked by Essex County College on Friday - the tertiary institute's president Anthony Munroe saying her remarks had "become a very contentious and divisive issue" on campus.

College officials say they suspended the teacher after receiving complaints about her interview and the comments she made. "You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card' to attend the event".

Asked by Carlson to explain why a NY chapter of Black Lives Matter hosted a "blacks-only" Memorial Day party, Durden defended the group for wanting to have "one day for black folks to focus on ourselves".

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Two days after the show, the school suspended Durden with pay.

She was later fired after addressing the school community during an "open forum" held Tuesday, the institution president said. "Racism can not be fought with more racism", Munroe wrote in a statement announcing Durden's firing.

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"It should be a safe place for me", Durden said of the college.

Durden didn't only play the race card, she played the entire deck.

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"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 explained.

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

Durden said the school's decision to fire her was meant to send a message."They did this to humiliate me", she said.

In an interview with NJ.com, Durden also compared her dismissal to a rape victim being blamed for the crime or a solider returning from war to a hostile environment. "I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe".

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