NJ college fires professor over comments made on Tucker Carlson Tonight

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

A black college professor from New Jersey who went on Fox News' Tucker Carlson's show to defend a Black Lives Matter event in New York City that was open to blacks only, was sacked from the school.

Durden never identified herself as associated with the college during the interview. Shortly after Durden's television appearance, Essex County College President Anthony Munroe released a statement condemning Durden's comments, and insisting her beliefs are not reflective of the school's. "You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card' to attend the event".

Host Tucker Carlson asked her if seemingly segregating by race was contradictory, considering the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The two-year public school had initially slapped the communications prof with a full-pay suspension after she used phrases like "white-privilege card" while defending a Black Lives Matter group's all-black Memorial Day festivities in the heated interview.

Durden's rationale for the "one day for black folks to focus on ourselves" hinged on white people having had "white days forever", as she cited the Academy Awards, TV shows, and the long-overdue first black "Bachelorette" by way of example.

"In consideration of the College's mission, and the impact that this matter has had on the College's fulfillment of its mission, we can not maintain an employment relationship with the adjunct", Munroe said in a lengthy statement Friday. "Wow", said Durden, who is black and a BLM supporter.

"When the administration receives an outpouring of concern regarding our student body, it is our responsibility to investigate those concerns", he said.

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"You don't say the words any more because you know it's politically incorrect - but we have an all white Oscars, movies with all white actors ... it took 11 years to get a black Bachelorette".

"The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion and unity", he said.

"I thought it would be a safe place for me", she told the paper, referring to the college.

'In consideration of the college's mission, and the impact that this matter has had on the college's fulfillment of its mission, we can not maintain an employment relationship with the adjunct, ' Munroe stated.

Durden said the college "publicly lynched" her.

On Friday, she told the Star-Ledger that she has received a lot of support from school staff members and students, but compared her experience to a rape victim who is blamed for the crime, and a person who returns from war to a hostile environment. 'I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe'.

Durden's lawyer, Leslie Farber, said that Durden may have had her rights to free speech violated, and that they were considering legal action.

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