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Fresno State professor stirs outrage, calling Barbara Bush an 'amazing racist'

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FRESNO, Calif. -

A Twitter rant from a Fresno State English professor has sparked outrage after she labeled Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” on the same day the former first lady died.

The Fresno Bee reports that professor Randa Jarrar tweeted her displeasure with the Bush family within an hour after the official announcement that Mrs. Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92. 

“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” Jarrar wrote on Twitter. “F--- outta here with your nice words.”

According to the Fresno Bee, the tweet generated over 2,000 replies. Many tried to alert university officials of the outrage by tagging Fresno State and University President Joseph Castro in the comments of the conversation. 

On her twitter page, Jarrar describes herself as an Arab-American and a Muslim-American woman, goes on to maintain that she is a tenured professor and makes $100,000 a year.

“I will never be fired,” Jarrar tweeted.

By around 10:21 p.m. Tuesday, Jarrar switched her Twitter account to private. 

Jarrar also changed her Twitter bio, removing the titles of her books and instead writing, "Currently on leave from Fresno State. This is my private account and represents my opinions."

The university confirmed Jarrar has been on leave all semester.

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro later released a statement, denouncing Jarrar’s comments and extending “deepest condolences to the Bush family” following the 92-year-old Bush matriarch’s death at her Houston home.

“We share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments made today by professor Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English department at Fresno State. Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative at Fresno State Professor Jarrar’s expressed personal views and commentary are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a sincere commitment to mutual understanding and progress."

The university is still looking into the matter, according to spokeswoman Patti Waid told the Fresno Bee.

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