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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.
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.
“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.
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?
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?
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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Although at this point, she’s probably used to the temperature, as it’s where she spends most of her time.
As you may have heard, Derick Dillard was fired by TLC after harassing a fellow network star on Twitter.
Derick did not appear in Monday’s Countong On season premiere, and many fans took note of the fact that Jill was absent from the episode as well.
So it appears that Jill is either sitting this one out, or she was axed alongside her husband.
Either way, if she had hoped the scrutiny of her personal life would diminish now that she’s stepped away from the spotlight, she’s got another thing coming.
The latest mini-scandal has to do with a comment that Jill posted on her sister Joy-Anna’s Instagram page.
As you may have heard, Joy welcomed her first child this month, and the photo above is the first pic of little Gideon to appear online.
“We are so blessed by the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth! He was born on 02/23/18 @ 3:39pm, weighing 10lbs. 3oz. and was 22 inches long!” Joy captioned the image.
“Congrats @austinandjoyforsyth on baby Gideon! We are so happy for y’all! #anotherbuddyinourteam #favoritetia.”
It’s that second hashtag that’s got everyone up in arms.
“I’m Hispanic and it feels like she is using Spanish to seem cool, hip, whatever. Sounds like cultural appropriation to me.” wrote one commenter.
“At this point, it feels like cultural appropriation. You’re not in [Central America] anymore, Jill. Derick is not papa, you are not tia,” commented another.
The second remark refers to the fact that Jill and Derick performed missionary work in El Salvador for the better part of two years.
We won’t bother to weigh in on the controversy regarding Jill’s use of “tia” except to say it seems a bit nit-picky.
Far it be it for us to defend a couple as problematic as the Dillards, but we wonder if this same people would be this upset if Jill casually tossed out an “adios,” or another word borrowed from Spanish.
Interestingly, it seems criticism of Jill and Derick has only intensified in the months since Derick was fired.
That’s partially for good reason.
After all, Derick sais some pretty abhorrent things, and it certaintly doesn’t seem he’s learned his lesson.
Still, maybe fans should be saving their outrage for occasions like the time Derick attacked the Parkland shooting survivors in an unhinged social media tirade.
We know that outrage isn’t a finite resource (especially in 2018), but it’s most effective when used judiciously.
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These days, Harry and Meghan are engaged, so naturally, the world’s worst people have ramped up their efforts to frighten and harass the couple.
The Guardian is reporting today that Scotland Yard is investigating an envelope of white powder that was mailed to Kensington Palace and addressed to Harry and Meghan.
Police are treating the incident as a racially-motivated hate crime.
Investigators suspect that the envelope contained anthrax, but they have yet to release the results of a toxicology test.
Of course, even if it turns out the powder is something far less harmful, the fact remains that the perpetrator intended to scare Harry and Meghan, to make them feel unsafe in their own home.
Sadly, this incident isn’t entirely surprising.
It’s hard to believe – especially given how beloved she is on this side of the pond – but some Brits are not happy about the idea of Harry marrying Meghan.
Some say it’s because Meghan is divorced.
Others claim it’s because she’s an actress.
And a surprising number just come right out and admit they’re racist.
We suppose their honesty would be refreshing if they’re bigotry wasn’t so nauseating.
A recent collection of comments posted on the Daily Mail‘s website in response to an article about Harry and Meghan gives you an idea of the sort of vitriol that’s at work here:
“A DIVORCEE BARELY a Z-list actress!” wrote one caps-loving psychopath.
“This is going to be a JOKEfest of a SHAM wedding!”
“CAN’T STAND THE WITCH SHE IS GOING TO BE THE DOWNFALL OF THE ROYAL FAMILY!!!” remarked another level-headed gent.
“An almost 40-year-old divorcee who appears used up, tongue hanging out and slapping high fives and taking selfies along her carriage route,” another basement-dweller wrote of Meghan.
You get the idea.
These people seem unaware that the Church of England literally only exists because of a divorce, but there’s no point in arguing with them, anyway.
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