A professor in New Jersey is repeating claims that she was "publicly lynched" by Essex County College after defending a Black Lives Matter event in a Fox News interview, reports the Washington Post. The school, meanwhile, is speaking out. In a statement, President Anthony Munroe says Essex County College decided to sever ties with adjunct professor Lisa Durden after staff and students expressed "frustration, concern and even fear" that Durden's comments "would negatively impact their experience on the campus," per NJ.com. Munroe added the school condemns "any conduct that implies that all students are not welcome to participate in, or benefit from, our programs or activities on the basis of their race, color, orientation, or national origin."
While speaking about a blacks-only event on Tucker Carlson Tonight on June 6, Durden stated, "You white people are angry because you couldn't use your 'white privilege' card to get invited," after which she was labeled a "disgusting racist" and "black supremacist." Munroe added, "Racism cannot be fought with more racism." In response, Durden tells the Post that "reverse racism doesn't exist" and she only meant to call out white people who were unhappy about the Black Lives Matter event. "I never meant all white people. ... All white people aren't racist," Durden said. She added her firing "disrupted the learning process" and was unjust. "There was no due process, there were no facts," she said. "I had a right to free speech, and I exercised that right." (Read more New Jersey stories.)