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College professor fired in wake of Fox News appearance

26 June 2017

A New Jersey adjunct professor was sacked after defending a Black Lives Matter event while on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight.

"As the new president, I think it is important for me to make clear and reaffirm the college's commitment, as a public institution, to maintaining a welcoming environment to all students, from a variety of races, lifestyles, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, faiths and cultures", said Munroe in a statement confirming that Durden was suspended with full pay for the remainder of the summer session after her appearance while it was investigated.

Essex County College's president announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Lisa Durden's appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

Durden, who did not mention the school she worked for during the interview, told NJ.com that she was abruptly suspended following her appearance on the show, only learning that she had to cancel her classes when she arrived on campus on June 8 to teach one. "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!"

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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.

"Boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card", she told Carlson.

She was later fired after addressing the school community during an "open forum" held Tuesday, the institution president said. "Racism can not be fought with more racism".

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"It should be a safe place for me", she said of Essex County College. Instead, she said, "I was sacked". She also said that, contrary to Monroe's assertions, she had received an outpouring of support from students and faculty members.

'The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity. "We don't want anybody going against us today". Carlson had introduced her as a "political commentator and Black Lives Matter supporter".

In response to her dismissal, Durden and her attorney, Leslie Farber, are considering legal action against the school, alleging the college violated Durden's First Amendment rights.

In an interview Friday with NJ.com, Durden compared her experience to a rape victim who is blamed for the crime. 'I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe'.

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"They did this to humiliate me", she said.

College professor fired in wake of Fox News appearance