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Cal State Chancellor: Prof Who Disparaged Barbara Bush is ‘Disgusting,’ ‘Unhinged’

In emails obtained by NTK through public records requests, the chancellor of the California State University system blasted Fresno State Professor Randa Jarrar.

By NTK Staff | 05.24.2018 @3:16pm
Cal State Chancellor: Prof Who Disparaged Barbara Bush is ‘Disgusting,’ ‘Unhinged’

Timothy P. White, the chancellor of California State University system, castigated Fresno State Professor Randa Jarrar in an email sent one day after Jarrar publicly criticized former First Lady Barbara Bush on Twitter, records show.

Jarrar’s comment lit a firestorm of controversy.

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

The backlash was immediate, but Jarrar remained defiant on social media.

“LOL! Let me help you. You should tag my president @JosephICastro,” she wrote. Castro is the president of Fresno State University. “What I love about being an American professor is my right to free speech, and what I love about Fresno State is that I always feel protected and at home here. GO BULLDOGS!”

That same evening, Jarrar made her Twitter account private.

Castro released a statement the same day as Jarrar’s comments.

“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,” the statement read. “Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State.”

Castro went on to add that Jarrar’s comments were “obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy.”

NTK Network obtained an email sent by White in which he called Jarrar “disgusting” and “unhinged” in an email sent to Castro and other Cal State staff. Fresno State is a part of the California State University system.

“Joe brought this disgusting and unhinged professor’s behavior to my attention last evening,” the email read. “The accelerant of social media has made this viral, and the campus is getting pounded on social media.”

Timothy P. White Email

The rest of White’s email included Castro’s statement and a Fresno Bee news story about Jarrar’s remarks.

The email chain originated from a message sent by Jason Smith, who identified himself as a 2008 alumnus of Fresno State. Smith took screenshots of Jarrar’s comments and requested she be fired.

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