Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English department at California State University, Fresno (That’s her above: am I the only one that finds her expression unsettling?) tweeted an hour after Barbara Bush’s death was announced,
“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. Fuck outta here with your nice words.”
Later, she added that she was happy that George W. Bush was probably sad that his mother had died, and…
“PSA: either you are against these pieces of shit and their genocidal ways or you’re part of the problem. That’s actually how simple this is. I’m happy the witch is dead. Can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million Iraqis have.”
After her ugly Twitter hate-storm tweets generated more than 2,000 critical replies, the professor posted a phone number suggesting that it was a way to reach her. No, it was really the number of a crisis and suicide prevention center, causing their phones to be swamped.Tweeted Eugene Gu, MD, a pediatric surgeon,
“Replying to @randajarrar. Your freedom of speech does not entitle you to have all these people spam an actual mental health crisis line. Please stop,”
This completely gratuitous embarrassment to CSU Fresno caused the president of the school to respond with a public statement, also via Twitter:
This is a cop-out extraordinaire, and craven, as academic administrators wont to be. She obviously was not commenting as a private citizen, or she would not have taunted critics with this…
“I work as a tenured professor. I make 100K a year doing that. I will never be fired. I will always have people wanting to hear what I have to say.”
If she were not a professor, nobody would care what she had to say. Jarrar acknowledged that she was using her position as a platform as well as a shield, and even if she wasn’t, she should be fired. Her conduct makes it clear that this school employs at least one vicious, politically-polluted teacher lacking decency, proportion, judgment, common sense, or a sense of responsibility. That raises a prima facie case that the school cannot be trusted to educate impressionable young minds, if its standards and hiring practices are so flawed. It is not a free speech issue; it is an employee gross misconduct issue. She has embarrassed and harmed the institution.
Progressives are being represented in the public square by a great many truly reprehensible individuals. Progressives ought to worry about that: the Cognitive Dissonance Scale applies. The more proudly progressive professors who reveal their essential rottenness, the less attractive the ideological banner they carry becomes. Is it possible that they don’t understand this?
I wouldn’t trust anyone who makes statements like the professor’s tweets, and I wouldn’t trust or respect anyone who can’t understand why they are definitive evidence of a cruel mind, a rotting soul, and a sick ideological fanaticism.