"Boo Hoo Hoo" - New Jersey College Fires Black Professor For Making Racist Remarks

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How do you feel about this? I'm a little surprised she was terminate, but can see the school's point of view.

Essex County College in New Jersey has fired adjunct professor Lisa Durden after she made racially insensitive remarks during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News two weeks ago, according to the Associated Press.College officials said they received complaints about Durden’s interview, with some university constituents upset about statements that were disparaging to white people. During the interview, Durden, who is black, discussed a Memorial Day event held exclusively for black people hosted by a Black Lives Matter group.

When Carlson asked Durden for her thoughts, she interrupted the host, saying: “Boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card” to attend the event. The show aired June 6, and the school suspended Durden with pay two days later. She addressed the matter during a public meeting Tuesday with school officials, but was soon fired, according to the AP.

In a statement from College President Dr. Anthony E. Munroe obtained by the Daily Caller, Munroe quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and said he’s committed to maintaining a welcoming environment for people of all races. He added that the school will be forming a committee devoted to making students of all backgrounds feel welcome.


“Munroe said that in light of these events he wanted to assure the public that Essex is committed to “maintaining a welcoming environment to all students from a variety of races,” even quoting Martin Luther King and then adding, “racism cannot be fought with more racism.”


The school will be forming a committee devoted to “unity in diversity” with the aim of helping students of all backgrounds to feel welcome, including those who identify as white, he said.”

Munroe added that while the school respects first amendment freedoms, he believes the “health and wellbeing” of students supersedes many of these concerns.


"Munroe addressed first amendment concerns in the statement that have arisen over Durden’s suspension, saying the school values free speech and academic freedom, but believes that the “health and well being” of students trumps any personal views held by an adjunct.

He said the college also rejects “any conduct that implies that all students are not welcome to participate in, or benefit from, our program or activities on the basis of their race, color, orientation or national origin.”
Durden, meanwhile, claims that her firing was tantamount to being “publicly lynched” and compared her treatment by the school to a rape victim being blamed for their assault, the AP reports.

The full article can be found here:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-25/new-jersey-college-fires-black-professor-making-raciall-insensitive-remarks
 

samcraig

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If she was representing the school on the show - she should have kept to her talking points..

Not sure she should have been fired. But that's their call. Glad I didn't have to make it.
 

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I feel she came across with a crappy attitude and got what she deserved. Perhaps a bit harsh but it's time the harshness gets delivered back to those that have begun to think this is appropriate. Next time she should just answer the dang question and talk less.
 

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I feel she came across with a crappy attitude and got what she deserved. Perhaps a bit harsh but it's time the harshness gets delivered back to those that have begun to think this is appropriate. Next time she should just answer the dang question and talk less.

Interesting. I honestly thought if you replied that you would appreciate her non-PC attitude.
 
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tgara

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She's crazy.
Sadly, there are many like that in Academia.... My own view is that we need to review the whole concept of tenure and the concept of "academic freedom" which many of these professors use to justify and hide behind their bigoted actions and words. I understand why most colleges and universities have these policies and they work well when implemented correctly, but many academics abuse them. That needs to stop.
 
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People don't and shouldn't get fired just for one comment like that. Obviously there was a history and a pattern that isn't included in the reporting, and this was the straw that broke the camel's back.
 
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People don't and shouldn't get fired just for one comment like that. Obviously there was a history and a pattern that isn't included in the reporting, and this was the straw that broke the camel's back.
yeah, the students and others from outside should just riot on campus, shout down those that oppose them, cause a scene and get it all into the major nightly news stations while demanding they are fired.
 

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It's interesting how the tired as starting to turn here in academia with enforcing appropriate language.

A couple weeks ago at Trinity College in Connecticut a professor tweeted some comments that would be offensive to white people and referenced an article called "Just Let Them Die" (suggesting oppressed people should not save white people). The result was a massive amount of backlash, the campus had to be shut down, and I think the professor is now on leave.

The professor should really get to know his audience at Trinity though. It's one of the most expensive schools in the country with the richest students. It's super preppy, predominantly white, and parents/alum have a lot of influence over the school with their wallets. I would expect nothing less than extreme backlash.
 
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A similar thing happened at Yale. June Chu, one of the Deans, made disparaging remarks on a Yelp restaurant review and was placed on leave in May after it was discovered that she had done this type of thing several times before. She left her position voluntarily last week.

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2017/06/20/pierson-dean-june-chu-leaves-position-after-yelp-scandal/
minorities can't be racist.............. pay your reparations and shut up :mad:

SARCASM people.........................< just in case your meter is down :eek:
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How do you feel about this? I'm a little surprised she was terminate, but can see the school's point of view.
she was being an ass, but fired seems a tad much unless she had a history of being an ass.
 

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How do you feel about this? I'm a little surprised she was terminate, but can see the school's point of view.
She seems to have some anger. I would have suggested counciling instead of firing unless it was a pervasive characteristic. Her comment you posted about the "white privilege card" seemed to come out of the blue.
 
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If she was representing the school on the show - she should have kept to her talking points..

Not sure she should have been fired. But that's their call. Glad I didn't have to make it.
She was only an Adjunct Professor (lowest ranked) so it's pretty much a given that you have a short leash. Only a Professor (2nd highest ranked) or higher can get away with stuff like that. Hail, they can lecture to a class in their underwear and still won't get fired (or so he claimed). That was my old Organic Chemistry teacher.
 

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I'm siding with Lisa Durden on this one. She's right, and that fact that she's fired is proof. Now everyone wants to make the phrase "white privilege" sound like a racial attack. GTFOH!!!

Honestly I'm amazed that some of the very same people, parties, and organized groups that support shop owners to ban blacks and gays from their stores, are now the same ones that scream racism when whites are excluded from an event catered to blacks.
 

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I'm siding with Lisa Durden on this one. She's right, and that fact that she's fired is proof. Now everyone wants to make the phrase "white privilege" sound like a racial attack. GTFOH!!!

Honestly I'm amazed that some of the very same people, parties, and organized groups that support shop owners to ban blacks and gays from their stores, are now the same ones that scream racism when whites are excluded from an event catered to blacks.
whites only even would be deemed racist,,,,,,,, but blacks only is NOT racist? :rolleyes:
 

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I'm siding with Lisa Durden on this one. She's right, and that fact that she's fired is proof. Now everyone wants to make the phrase "white privilege" sound like a racial attack. GTFOH!!!

Honestly I'm amazed that some of the very same people, parties, and organized groups that support shop owners to ban blacks and gays from their stores, are now the same ones that scream racism when whites are excluded from an event catered to blacks.
Outside of your one-off random google search of podunk idaho, can you show me where shop owners are trying to ban blacks?
 

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whites only even would be deemed racist,,,,,,,, but blacks only is NOT racist? :rolleyes:
Actually no it wouldn't. We are talking about an event, not something based on consumerism nor a tax sponsored event. As a black man, I wouldn't mind if there was a Chinese Only event, Whites Only event, and etc. I didn't even mind Women's Only gyms.
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Outside of your one-off random google search of podunk idaho, can you show me where shop owners are trying to ban blacks?
So you're telling me to link a source, but don't link a source at the same time. :rolleyes:
 

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Actually no it wouldn't. We are talking about an event, not something based on consumerism nor a tax sponsored event. As a black man, I wouldn't mind if there was a Chinese Only event, Whites Only event, and etc. I didn't even mind Women's Only gyms.
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So you're telling me to link a source, but don't link a source at the same time. :rolleyes:
So you can't. Got it.
 

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I think unpaid leave and mandatory counseling would have been appropriate, but I can't be mad about her getting fired. What she said was clearly racist and quite stupid.
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Actually no it wouldn't. We are talking about an event, not something based on consumerism nor a tax sponsored event. As a black man, I wouldn't mind if there was a Chinese Only event, Whites Only event, and etc. I didn't even mind Women's Only gyms.
Explain to me why white people can't attend a "Black Lives Matter" event?
 

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Those who rail against 'political correctness' celebrating the firing of academics due to considerations of political correctness. I suppose take that as a tacit admission that being 'politically incorrect' can be hurtful to others. Progress.
 

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Actually no it wouldn't. We are talking about an event, not something based on consumerism nor a tax sponsored event. As a black man, I wouldn't mind if there was a Chinese Only event, Whites Only event, and etc. I didn't even mind Women's Only gyms.
An event that ONLY allows certain races? I'm against that. If it's an event for Chinese or for Blacks or for Whites, but others are allowed to join. I'm for that. If it's a Chinese event, Blacks or Whites won't get the full enjoyment because of natural cultural barriers, but that can't be helped. I'm opposed to a full ban.

A woman's only gym, I can support. I have heard from numerous women who hate regular gyms because they're get views as pieces of meat. The ladies are there to work out, not get hit on.