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Fresno State professor sparks controversy, calls Barbara Bush 'amazing racist'


FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — A Fresno State professor has sparked controversy on social media after calling Barbara Bush an "amazing racist" in a tweet.

Randa Jarrar, a professor in the Department of English at Fresno State, tweeted a series of tweets Tuesday night stating her opinions on the Bush family following the news of Barbara Bush's death.

"Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F*** outta here with your nice words," -@randajarrar tweeted.

Please be advised of the usage of profanity in the tweets below.

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro made a statement regarding Jarrar's tweets:

"On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush.We share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments made today by Professor Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English Department at Fresno State. Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State.Professor Jarrar's expressed personal views and commentary are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a sincere commitment to mutual understanding and progress."

Jarrar has since changed the privacy settings on her twitter account and has stated she is on leave from Fresno State.

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