A black New Jersey college professor who was fired after she made anti-white statements on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has vowed to sue her former employer.
Lisa Durden was initially suspended after she responded to Carlson’s questioning of a “blacks only” Memorial Day event by saying “Boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card’ to attend the event.”
Now her attorney, Leslie Farber, told NJ.com that they are considering legal action against Essex County College.
“I believe their first suspending and then firing her was directly because of her appearing on the Tucker Carlson TV show, and is a violation of her federal and state constitutional rights to free speech,” the attorney said.
A defiant Durden told NJ.com that she believed residing in Newark, NJ, a “black and brown city,” and being employed by a “black and brown college,” would protect her in making her statements.
Durden didn’t only play the race card, she played the entire deck.
Days after she was suspended, Durden compared her situation to a “public lynching.”
“They did this to humiliate me,” she told NJ.com. “Essex County College publicly lynched me in front of my students.”
After her firing, she compared herself to a rape victim that is blamed.
“It should be a safe place for me,” she said. “I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe.” but “I was fired.”
In a statement, the school’s president, Anthony Munroe, said he was more concerned with a safe space for students.
“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,” he said.
“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 college affirms its right to select employees who represent the institution appropriately and are aligned with our mission,” Munroe said, adding that the school “supports and affirms the right of free speech and independent views and expressions of those views for our faculty and staff.”
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