A university professor in California has sparked a social media uproar
after calling former first lady Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” who
raised a “war criminal,” and saying she’s “happy the witch is dead.”
Randa Jarrar, an author and professor in the English department at
California State University, Fresno (aka Fresno State), made the
distasteful comments just an hour after the death of the former first
lady was announced.
“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,” the professor tweeted.
Bush, 92, died Tuesday, just days after the family announced she was
failing in health and would refuse further medical treatment in favor of
Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, was “broken-hearted”
over the loss of his “beloved Barbara,” while former President George W.
Bush called his mother "a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any
But the Fresno State professor was apparently not touched by the loss of
the former first lady, who was called "everybody's grandmother."
“PSA: either you are against these pieces of s--- and their genocidal
ways or you're part of the problem. That’s actually how simple this is.
I'm happy the witch is dead. Can’t wait for the rest of her family to
fall to their demise the way 1.5 million Iraqis have,” Jarrar said in
The comments, which drew thousands of negative replies, sparked outrage
on social media, with people universally condemning the professor’s
tweets and some calling for her firing.
“I hope you find peace and one day walk away from this profound hatred,”
writer Chad Felix Greene wrote.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro slammed Jarrar,
tweeting: “Good news: you won’t have to see her when she’s in heaven and
you’re burning in hell.”
Jarrar remained unapologetic amid the criticism, engaging with critics
on social media and doubling down on her attacks against the Bush
family, though she later set her Twitter account to private. She tweeted
that she’s happy to that “George W. Bush is probably really sad right
She also boasted that because she is a tenured professor, she couldn’t
be fired over her views. “I work as a tenured professor. 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,” she wrote on Twitter.
The controversy forced Fresno State to issue
a statement distancing itself from the professor’s comments, which
officials said raise “deep concerns.”
“On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush
family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush,” Fresno State
President Joseph Castro said in the statement. “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
Castro stressed that Jarrar’s comments were “as a private citizen,” and
don’t represent the university. “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,” he added.