Generally, people don't celebrate when another person dies. Even if they didn't like the person's views, they acknowledge that their life had value and that their loved ones will miss them.
Not so for a Fresno State professor, Randa Jarrar. Less than an hour after former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away, the professor took to Twitter to celebrate her death at 92. She wrote that Bush was an “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal."
According to The Daily Caller, she also reportedly said, "I'm happy the witch is dead."
Jarrar teaches in Fresno State’s Department of English. Her expletive-laden rant lasted a full five hours, wrote the Fresno Bee.
“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” Jarrar wrote on Twitter. “Get **** outta here with your nice words.”
Jarrar’s tweet generated more than 2,000 replies. The majority of those replies were from people who were upset by her heartless comments. Several of those people tagged Fresno State and University President Joseph Castro in their comments.
Jarrar describes herself in the Twitter messages as an Arab-American and a Muslim-American woman. She also said she has tenure at the college and makes $100,000 a year.
“I will never be fired,” Jarrar tweeted, referring to her status as a tenured professor.
She added in a separate tweet: “If you'd like to know what it's like to be an Arab American Muslim American woman with some clout online expressing an opinion, look at the racists going crazy in my mentions right now.”
Jarrar didn't seem concerned about the people reaching out to her superior about her behavior. She even encouraged people to reach own to Castro.
“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,” Jarrar wrote. “GO BULLDOGS!”
Around 10:21 p.m., Jarrar made her Twitter account private. Quotations were taken from screenshots by the Fresno Bee, which they made before she made her account private.
She also changed her Twitter bio, removing the titles of her books, which had been receiving negative reviews on Amazon in reaction to her tweets.
Her bio now reads: "Currently on leave from Fresno State. This is my private account and represents my opinions."
The university confirmed to the Fresno Bee that Jarrar has been on leave all semester.
Three hours after the initial tweet, Fresno State released a statement by Castro that addressed Jarrar.
“On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush,” Castro says in the statement. “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.”
He concluded: “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."
Spokeswoman Patti Waid said the university is still looking into the matter. Jarrar did not return a request for comment by the Fresno Bee.