Adjunct College Professor Fired In Wake Of Heated Fox News Interview

Lisa-Durden

Associated Press confirms that Lisa Durden, an adjunct professor at New Jersey's Essex County College, has been fired barely two weeks after an appearance on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

Durden, an adjunct professor at Essex County College, appeared on Carlson's show on June 6 and defended a Black Lives Matters' Memorial Day celebration which only blacks could attend, reported Newark's Star-Ledger. On the show, Durden's comments included, "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", and "We want to celebrate today. You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card" to attend the event. Instead, she said, "I was sacked". "The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity".

Essex County College President Anthony Munroe released a statement Friday night regarding Durden's termination.

As an indignant Carlson labeled Durden's arguments "hostile and separatist and crazy" and said he hoped she wasn't "speaking for anyone else", the professor did not ID herself as an employee of the college.

Her attorney, Leslie Farber, told the Daily News on Sunday the situation amounted to a violation of Durden's right to freedom of speech.

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He noted that although Durden did not mention her affiliation with the school during the show or claim to be representing its views, "her employment with us and potential impact on students required our immediate review into what seemed to have become a very contentious and divisive issue".

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

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

She was later fired after addressing the school community during an "open forum" held Tuesday, the institution president said. The Newark resident said she thought living in a "black and brown city" and working for a "black and brown college", she would be supported after a trying appearance on Fox News.

Durden, meanwhile, according to the Philly Inquirer, called her firing a lynching and said that she felt like a rape victim being blamed for what happened to her. "When you look at Black Lives Matter marching, when you see Black Lives Matter coming together collectively ... on different issues, you see people of all races", Darden said. "I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe." but "I was sacked".

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