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College professor fired in wake of Fox News appearance

26 June 2017, 05:30 | Laverne Osborne

College professor fired in wake of Fox News appearance

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

An African-American professor has been sacked by her New Jersey university after comments she made in defence of Black Lives Matter during an interview with U.S. network Fox News.

In an interview with NJ.com on Friday, Durden compared her experience to a rape victim who is blamed for the rape and said that the college "should be a safe place for me".

On June 20, three days after she addressed the school board regarding the incident at a public meeting, she was sacked.

"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", Durden said in a mocking fashion to Carlson.

When Carlson asked her her thoughts, Durden interrupted the host, saying: "Boo hoo hoo".

"Boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card", she told Carlson.

Days after she was suspended, Durden compared her situation to a "public lynching". After a Tuesday meeting with college officials, she was sacked. He also had this to say about Durden's remarks: "Racism can not be fought with more racism".

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Durden was a frequent guest on Fox News, appearing on The Kelly Files, Fox & Friends, and more, typically in defense of the Black Lives Matter movement.

During an interview with NJ.com, the Newark resident said she assumed because she taught at a predominately black school her opinions would be supported. Instead, she said, "I was sacked".

'The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity.

"You don't say the words any more because you know it's politically incorrect - but we have an all white Oscars, movies with all white actors ... it took 11 years to get a black Bachelorette".

"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".

'The college affirms its right to select employees who represent the institution appropriately and are aligned with our mission'.

Her attorney, Leslie Farber, said that she believes Durden's free speech rights were violated and is pursuing legal action against the college.

After her firing, Durden told NJ.com that said she has received support from staff members and students.

She has said that she was "publicly lynched" by the school. "I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe".

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