Essex County College has fired adjunct professor Lisa Durden after she made racially charged comments in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, according to a new report by the Associated Press.
The college’s president, Anthony Munroe, announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Durden went on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss an “all-black Memorial Day celebration” hosted by a Black Lives Matter group.
When asked by Carlson about the event, Durden interrupted the host, saying “boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card to get invited” to the Black Lives Matter event.
“You’re demented, actually,” Tucker later responded to her defense.
Durden went on to call America a “racist society.”
According to AP, Durden was suspended with pay on June 8, two days after the interview aired, when college officials say they received complaints about her comments. After a Tuesday meeting with college officials, she was fired.
Durden said the college “publicly lynched” her.
Munroe said that Essex College “supports and affirms the right of free speech and independent views and expressions of those views” for their faculty and staff," but Durden's "potential impact on students" required an immediate review that led to her firing.
Durden’s lawyer, Leslie Farber, said that Durden may have had her rights to free speech violated, and that they were considering legal action.
“The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity. Racism cannot be fought with more racism,” Munroe wrote in a statement announcing Durden’s firing.
Durden compared her experience to that of a rape victim blamed for the crime, or a person returning to a hostile environment from war.