College professor fired in wake of heated Fox News interview

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An African-American professor has been sacked by her New Jersey university after comments she made in defence of Black Lives Matter during an interview with United States network Fox News. She said she thought living in a "black and brown city" and working for a "black and brown college" would create a "safe space" for her to share her viewpoints.

"The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion and unity", the president said Friday, June 23, in an emailed statement. "I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe".

"Black Lives Matter made a decision to have one day where they didn't want white folks who were going to be off the rails", Durden said. She had to cancel her classes abruptly with no explanation and claimed that the school arranged it deliberately to "humiliate" her in front of her students.

Durden told The Post that in retrospect, she wishes she would have made clear in her interview on Fox News that when she mentioned "white people" she referred only to the white people who were upset about the Black Lives Matter event.

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.

Munroe said in a statement that the administration was "immediately inundated with feedback from students. expressing frustration, concern and even fear that the views expressed by a college employee would negatively impact their experience on the campus".

Two days after the show, the school suspended Durden with pay. However, Munroe argued that "racism can not be fought with more racism".


'The college affirms its right to select employees who represent the institution appropriately and are aligned with our mission'. "You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white-privilege card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter all-black Memorial Day celebration".

But Durden said the firing was unjust and baseless. "We don't want anybody going against us today".

Durden originally appeared on Carlson's show on June 6 to discuss the blacks-only event.

In an interview with NJ.com, Durden also compared her dismissal to a rape victim being blamed for the crime or a solider returning from war to a hostile environment.

"I had a right to free speech, and I exercised that right", Durden said.

"I chose to come back to Newark because this is my community", she added.

Durden has publicly stated that she feels that her termination is wrong, saying that she never identified with the college and that she was just exercising her right to free speech.

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