A professor, Lisa Durden, who worked at Essex County College in Newark, NJ, was fired for the views she expressed on a Fox News program. While appearing on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show, Durden said, “you white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card” to attend a Black Lives Matter group’s Memorial Day celebration event.
After the segment was aired, the county college’s new president, Anthony Munroe said, “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.”
The school’s president additionally stated, “I fully believe that institutions of higher learning must provide a safe space for students… The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity. Racism cannot be fought with more racism.”
The school’s president said Durden was suspended with six working days pay and after the school’s board met on June 20, she was officially fired from her teaching post. Durden had worked at the college as an adjunct professor who taught communications and pop culture.
While the school said she was fired because of complaints from students and faculty, Durden contends she has received support from staff members and students. Durden said, “They did this to humiliate me. Essex County College publicly lynched me in front of my students.”
During her appearance on the show, Durden did not mention the school she was associated with and felt she had the right to express her views as protected by the First Amendment. S