Fresno State Has 'Deep Concerns' Over Prof Who Celebrated Barbara Bush's Death

Professor Randa Jarrar

The Fresno Bee reports that professor Randa Jarrar tweeted her displeasure with the Bush family within an hour after the official announcement that Mrs.

The author and professor, Randa Jarrar, tweeted a slew of comments about Bush, calling her "a generous and smart and incredible racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal". "Fuck outta here with your nice words".

She was no-doubt referring to Barbara Bush's son, George W. Bush, whose invasion of Iraq has been seen by some as having been based on false pretenses. About 4 hours after it was used to send the first controversial tweet, Jarrar's Twitter account was "protected", meaning that only followers she has approved can see her posts.

Jarrar is not teaching her usual creative writing courses this spring, according to Zelezny, but she is scheduled to teach in the fall.

Jarrar is a tenured professor who describes herself as Arab-American on her author page and says she "grew up in Kuwait and Egypt" before moving to the USA following the Gulf War. I make 100K a year doing that. i will never be fired. i will always have people wanting to hear what i have to say. even you are one of them!

The president of Fresno State attempted to distance himself from Jarrar's tweets celebrating the death of the former First Lady.

"LOL! Let me help you".

The university extended its "deepest condolences" to the Bush family.

Jarra, meanwhile, continued to defend herself.

Jarrar is an author whose works include the 2009 "Arab-American coming of age novel", A Map of Home, as well as her latest book, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, about displaced Muslim men and women "who have gone astray", according to the book's description.

The Bushes married on January 6, 1945, and Barbara set up households in numerous cities as her husband moved from being a Texas oilman to being a member of Congress, Republican Party leader, US envoy to China and the United Nations and head of the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, the Fresno State English Department's website lists her as on "LEAVE".

Jarrar's Twitter account was later set to private. Castro distanced the the university from her comments, saying the tweets were "made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State". But her tweets, captured in screengrabs, continued to fuel outrage.

Nevertheless, spokeswoman Patti Waid confirmed that the university is "looking into" Jararr's tweets.

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