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Professor Celebrates Death of “Racist” Barbara Bush

Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday. She was 92.

A Fresno State professor tweeted out some accusations about the First Lady, and more or less danced on her grave.

The backlash was intense. The personal consequences may be more so.

Randa Jarrar

A lot of people indulge the impulse to express delight when a famous person dies.

Often, they deserve it. But most people agree that Barbara Bush’s death does not need to be celebrated.

Professor Randa Jarrar, however, is not most people.

She tweeted:

“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F–k outta here with your nice words.”

She received thousands of replies and even spent a few hours debating people. She has since made her Twitter account private.

Randa Jarrar Tweet

Free speech does not mean freedom from consequences, however.

She has since revealed:

“Currently on leave from Fresno State. This is my private account and represents my opinions.”

Fresno State, in the mean time, has put out a statement reading:

“On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush.”

That’s an appropriate way to start.

“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.”

They emphasize something that is very important, however.

“Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State.”

That won’t prevent certain anti-education opportunists from trying to frame her as a typical “university elite” or whatever.

“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.”

It’s difficult to prove that Barbara Bush was or was not a racist, so let’s look at the other “accusation” leveled against her — regarding who one of her sons grew up to be.

Was the US Invasion of Iraq perpetrated under pretenses that were later revealed to be false, deceiving the international community and the American public?

Yes.

Did the Bush Administration commit acts that many consider to be war crimes during that extended conflict and during the global “War on Terror,” including torturing enemy soldiers and also some people who were found to be innocent?

Also yes.

But while he may have had the literacy level of a child, George W. Bush was a grown man. Like, in his fifties. Also, he was the President of the United States.

And while it’s unlikely that he’ll ever be held accountable — unless you believe in Hell — for the atrocities committed during his Presidency, that doesn’t mean that we shift the blame to his mom.

What is important to remember about Barbara Bush is that she was widely considered to be George H. W. Bush’s better half.

For example, she supported the Equal Rights Amendment and was vocally pro-choice, unlike most of the Republican establishment in recent decades.

She avoided commenting on her political views during her husband’s candidacy out of fear that she would alienate his voter base.

But even if she had not been as good as she was, she was never President herself, nor was she a monster.

With that in mind, don’t her grandchildren and great-grandchildren deserve consideration?

Say what you will about actual Presidents, but it seems unethical to express this kind of glee simply because you disliked her husband and son.

Personally, I’m not an advocate for pretending that someone was better than they actually were just because they died.

But I certainly don’t support pretending that they were worse, either.

Celebrate the deaths of bad people if you want to, but don’t target their relatives in your zeal.

Randa Jarrar exercised her right to free speech. But that right does not exempt her from consequences of her words, personally or professionally.

Now … does it make sense for her to be placed on leave for that simple tweet (and the tweetstorm that followed)? It might.

This doesn’t seem like something that should get her fired, however.

She’s not advocating violence or a violent ideology anywhere that we’ve seen.

It seems that she’s just being unkind on her own personal social media.

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Barbara Bush Dies; Former First Lady Was 92

Sad news out of the world of politics today, as Barbara Bush – wife of George H.W. Bush and mother of George W. Bush – has passed away at the age of 92.

The office of the elder President Bush confirmed the news in a statment released moments ago:

“A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 92,” the statment reads.

“She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H. W. Bush; five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; and her brother Scott Pierce.

“She was preceded in death by her second child, Pauline “Robin” Bush, and her siblings Martha Rafferty and James R. Pierce.”

The statement also indicated that funeral arrangements will be announced “as soon as is practical.”

Bush’s death comes just days after it was revealed that she will no longer seek medical treatment following her latest round of health issues.

“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” read a statement released by one of the former first lady’s representatives.

“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others.

“She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”

Many Americans first became familiar with Barbara Bush during her husband’s tenure as vice president under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.

The New York native then served as first lady from 1989 through 1993.

During her husband’s time in the White House, Bush founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Bush’s eldest son, George W. Bush served as president from 2001 to 2009.

Her third child, Jeb Bush, was the 43rd governor of Florida and a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

She is survived by five children, 14 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. 

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Barbara Bush Dead at 92

Barbara Bush — former First Lady of the United States and wife of 41st President George H.W. Bush — has died. The former First Lady died at her home Tuesday surrounded by her family. She had suffered from congestive heart failure and Chronic…

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Barbara Walters: On Her Death Bed?!?

According to a new report, the end may be near for one of journalism’s most respected voices.

Barbara Walters may not have a lot of time left.

The long-time reporter and former co-host on The View has not been seen in public for about a year and a half.

The last recorded sighting of Walters took place in July of 2016, after two months after she left The View.

At 88 years old, Walters is allegedly confined to a wheelchair and almost never leaves her apartment in New York City, a friend tells Radar Online.

This isn’t stunning news for someone of her advanced age, but the insider is reportedly distressed because Walters is living such an isolated existence.

“No one is allowed access into her apartment,” this unnamed person tells Radar Online, adding:

“Friends have been trying to see Barbara since the summer, but the doormen keep turning everyone away.”

This same celebrity gossip website has claimed in the past that Walters is suffering from a touch of hearing loss and heart disease; she’s supposedly been showing signs of serious dementia for months.

This is very sad if it’s true.

In 1976, Walters became the first woman to host a national news program, doing so for ABC and earning a then-unprecedented paycheck of $ 1 million annually for her work.

From 1979 to 2004, she worked as co-host and a producer for the ABC news magazine 20/20.

She still serves as an executive producer on The View.

But Walters no longer goes into work, which is understandable for an 88-year old.

The problem here is that she doesn’t appear to be enjoying a well-earned retirement at all.

“Barbara broke her hip a few months ago, and she’s in a wheelchair now 24/7,” writes Radar, quoting its source on the story.

“She sits propped up in it in her library overlooking Central Park all day. She stares at the same page of a newspaper for hours.”

Continues the source:

“All she does is go from the bed to her wheelchair and back again.

“She hasn’t seen her beloved hairdresser or makeup artist, Lori, in over a year. Her house staff washes her hair and pulls it back in a ponytail.”

Someone close to the situation thinks Walters has Alzheimer’s Disease, Radar reports.

What does bring her joy on a daily basis?

Tuning in to watch her friends and former colleagues on The View, according to the website.

It’s unclear for how much longer she’ll be able to do this, however.

“Friends just want to say goodbye,” this source eerily says. “They simply want to see that she’s well taken care of.”

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Jenelle Evans Calls 911: Barbara Evans Is Beating My Son!

For years now, Jenelle and Barbara Evans have been fighting for custody of Jenelle's oldest son, Jace.

Barbara remains the boy's primary legal guardian, but that may soon change following the events of last month.

According to Radar Online, Jenelle called 911 and informed authorities that Barbara was assaulting Jace.

Not surprisingly, neither Evans woman is speaking publicly on the matter, but a newly-released police report reveals that poor Jace's circumstances might be far worse than previously thought.

 

1. A Shocking Report

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According to a Novemver 30 police report and 911 recording, a frantic Jenelle leveled some truly shocking charges against her controversial mother.

2. "Actually Hitting"

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“My son called me crying his eyes out and saying that my mother is actually hitting him and he’s huffing and puffing and he can’t breathe,” Jenelle told Boiling Springs Lake Police.

3. Jace Made the Call

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According to Jenelle, the abuse took place at Barbara’s house. She says Jace called her cell phone to inform her of what was happening.

4. Emergency at Barbara’s

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“The emergency is actually at my mom’s house,” Jenelle told police. “My son actually called me. He lives with my mom.”

5. Violent Babs?

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“He said ‘Meme hit me, Meme hit me.’ We call grandmother Meme,” Jenelle told authorities. It seems Barbara didn’t help her case by continuing to shout at Jace while he was on the phone with his mother.

6. Barbara Exposed

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Jenelle informed the 911 operator that she was still on the phone with Jace, and could hear the abuse continuing…

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