A New Jersey community college adjunct professor who supported a blacks-only Memorial Day event has been fired by the school.
Lisa Durden, who in early June appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to defend the event that excluded whites, was fired by Essex County College, the school announced Friday.
“I fully believe that institutions of higher learning must provide a safe space for students to explore, discuss and debate, not only academic philosophies, but the harder issues related to living harmoniously and growing together in our communities and as a country,” college President Anthony Munroe wrote in a statement explaining why Durden was let go.
“As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote, ‘The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.’ The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity. Racism cannot be fought with more racism,” said Munroe.
Munroe said that after Durden’s appearance, 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.”
Earlier this month, Durden and Carlson discussed a Memorial Day event hosted by a Black Lives Matter group in New York City that was only for blacks. Durden defended the event.
“Boo-hoo-hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter’s all-black Memorial Day celebration,” she said.
“You’ve been having ‘White Day’ forever,” she said, defending the need for “one day for black folks to focus on ourselves.”
Carlson called her remarks “hostile and separatist and crazy.”
“You’re demented actually,” he said. “You’re sick and what you’re saying is disgusting and if you were a Nazi I would say the same thing to you.”
Durden was suspended two days after the show aired and then fired about two weeks later.
“I was publicly lynched,” she told The Washington Post. “They didn’t let me finish the class and they disrupted the learning process.”
Munroe, however, said the college had no choice.
“When the administration receives an outpouring of concern regarding our student body, it is our responsibility to investigate those concerns,” he said.
He continued: “In consideration of the college’s mission, and the impact that this matter has had on the college’s fulfillment of its mission, we cannot maintain an employment relationship with the adjunct.”
“The college affirms its right to select employees who represent the institution appropriately and are aligned with our mission,” Munroe added.
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