Professor Lisa Durden Fired After Black Lives Matter Interview On 'Tucker Carlson'
January 22 2018, 08:32 | Irvin Gilbert
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A Black Lives Matter activist who controversially appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show earlier this month and mocked white people while defending a "blacks only" Memorial Day event has been fired from the community college where she worked.
A mouthy college professor who was sacked last week after making a litany of outrageous statements on live TV compared her removal from Essex County College to a "public lynching".
"The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion and unity", the president said Friday, June 23, in an emailed statement.
"I thought it would be a safe place for me", she told the paper, referring to the college. Farber said they were considering whether to take legal action in the matter. She had to cancel her classes abruptly with no explanation and claimed that the school arranged it deliberately to "humiliate" her in front of her students.
Carlson simply introduced her as a "political commentator and Black Lives Matter supporter".
Munroe, the recently appointed President of Essex County College, announced on Friday that Durden, who was an adjunct professor, would not be invited back to teach at the college in the fall.
"The college was immediately inundated with feedback from students, faculty and prospective students and their families expressing frustration, concern and even fear that the views expressed by a college employee (with influence over students) would negatively impact their experience on the campus", college President Anthony Munroe said in a statement.
"My name is Lisa Durden", Durden said at one point during the June 6 interview. "The college affirms its right to select employees who represent the institution appropriately and are aligned with our mission".
"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", Munroe said in a lengthy statement Friday.
Ultimately, Durden had to go, he said.
Her suspension letter made no mention of her appearance with Tucker Carlson. Durden, who is black, discussed a Memorial Day event held exclusively for black people hosted by a Black Lives Matter group.
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. "I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe". "We don't want anybody going against us today".
"Luckily, I'm not a Nazi", Durden joked.
According to AP, Durden was suspended with pay on June 8, two days after the interview aired, when college officials say they received complaints about her comments.