Fresno State Won't Punish Professor for Tweets

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Ought to controversial faculty professor be let go?

Fresno State president Dr. Joseph Castro announced Tuesday that the university was ending an investigation into a professor's fiery tweets about former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Jarrar will remain on a leave of absence she had arranged before the controversy.

The comments, which included calling Barbara Bush an "amazing racist" just hours after her death, sparked an immediate backlash on social media. She added, "F- outta right here along with your good phrases".

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Meanwhile, on campus, Professor Jarrar's tweets are being celebrated as a victory for free speech.

"I make 100Okay a 12 months doing that", she informed one Twitter person.

"Although professor Jarrar used tenure to defend her behavior, this private action is an issue of free speech and not related to her job or tenure", Castro said.

"Our duty as Americans and as educators is to promote a free exchange of diverse views, even if we disagree with them". "At Fresno State, we encourage opinions and ideas to be expressed in a manner that informs, enlightens and educates without being disparaging of others".

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Jarrar grew up in Kuwait and Egypt and moved to america after the Gulf Conflict, based on her college school web page.

Keynote reader Giménez Smith read a poem dedicated to Jarrar, telling the audience of about 100 people that the professor is a "writer who tests limits and pursues liberty through her literature", according to the Fresno Bee.

In an e-mail to NY journal Tuesday, Jarrar stated that she "completely" stood by her feedback concerning the Bushes.

In the announcement, Castro said Jarrar did not violate any university or California State University policies when she tweeted that Bush, who died April 17, was an wonderful racist who raised a war criminal and later went on to express her pleasure in the future death of the Bush family. "However girls of shade routinely have their tone policed, their justified anger painted as hatred, and their criticism of injustice framed as racism towards white folks".

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