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Comedian Jay Mohr has called for California State University-Fresno’s Bush-bashing English professor, Randa Jarrar, to be fired. But, as Fresno State’s Bruce Thornton notes, dismissal is a long shot so it’s probably better to ignore the woman who called the late Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” and who can’t wait for other members of the Bush family to die.
As the Fresno Bee reports, Jarrar “reportedly left the country” this semester. But she also left some guidance for students, parents, and taxpayers who may find the professor and her six-figure salary hard to ignore. In a video posted after her Bush attack, Jarrar said, “A person hones their writer’s voice by telling people to shut the fuck up when they annoy them.” So they should “make fun of them in front of other people.” Fair enough.
Jarrar exercised her First Amendment rights to make all her statements. Students, parents, and taxpayers also have First Amendment rights and their “free-speech zone”—contrary to the preferences of their campus SJW betters—includes the entire country. So those who find Jarrar annoying should consider a campus event to make fun of her.
She likes to dish it out, so let us find out how much she can take. Students could invite Jay Mohr and other comics, rappers, and such, but it’s going to be hard to top Jarrar’s own material. She teaches English but she also feels confident enough to speak out on history: “The resistance fighters in the 60s and 70s, they didn’t kill anyone but they scared the shit out of people. They would hijack the plane and say ‘we are not going to hurt anyone on this plane but we are going to fucking hijack this plane.’”
Randa is also tuned in to agriculture.
The Fresno region produces a lot of the food Americans eat but “a lot of the farmers now are Trump supporters and just fucking stupid.” So in answer to her, I offer: “I’m going to do some stupid shit. . . I don’t give a fuck. I’m buying guns.” As the Beach Boys said, help, help me Randa!
Jarrar speaks out against an “empire” that “counts on brown and black bodies to keep going. This is actually my shit. The reason you have nice stuff is because you stole my stuff. You stole my resources, you stole my land, you raped me,” and so forth. The stolen goods might even extend to books.
In a January 2017 interview, Jarrar told former Fresno State colleague Alex Espinosa, “fuck white people who think they can steal from us with impunity. Lionel Shriver has a right to write what she wants, but at the end of the day, I have the right to tell her that she’s a racist; that a white writer’s ‘freedom’ isn’t freedom if it’s at the cost of a person of color’s oppression; and that her books suck.”
For the record, Shriver is the author of So Much for That, a National Book Award finalist, and the bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. What Shriver might have “ripped off” from Jarrar is unclear. Nor did she explain what material Fresno writer William Saroyan might have pilfered from the exploited masses.
“My writing is drag,” Jarrar explained, “comedy, cinema, a weed flower, glittery bras, Miss Piggy’s nose, a plate of mulokhiyya, a sheeska packed with apple-flavored tobacco.” And the Kuwait and Egypt-raised professor, who turns 40 this year, is no slouch as a dance critic.
“Belly dance,” Jarrar wrote in a Salon piece headlined “Why I can’t stand white belly dancers,” is really Raqs Sharqi. “At my wedding,” Jarrar explained, “I was my own dancer.” But she didn’t name the lucky groom or, perhaps, bride. The dance is “about gender and resisting the patriarchy and how all of us belly dancing together is a giant middle finger to men and their male gaze-y ways.” Who knew?
Bitch magazine described Jarrar this way: “A queer, Muslim, Palestinian-American and proud fat femme, Jarrar lives the complexities of intersectionality.” Jarrar said she gets photoshopped as Jabba the Hutt in a belly dancing outfit. “Get it? Because I’m fat?” As the video confirms, she’s right about that.
The militant queer Muslim proud fat femme may not have played a role in 9/11, but she has certainly been influenced by 7-11. So students, parents, and taxpayers, including some local farmers, should make fun of the professor’s “stupid shit” in public. If anybody gets in their face, tell them “F*** outa here,” as she tweeted about the former First Lady.
But even those who choose to ignore her have good cause to wonder who brought Randa Jarrar to Fresno.
The California Civil Rights Initiative, which voters passed in 1996, forbids the use of racial and ethnic preferences in state education, employment, and contracting. Some politically correct Fresno State bureaucrat may have broken the law by rejecting a better-qualified candidate in favor of a vacuous hate-mongering bigot.
For further reading on Jarrar’s gentle hijackers, check out U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem, who was “was beaten by the hijackers and shot point blank in the temple, then his body was thrown onto the tarmac at Beirut International Airport.”
Students might ask the professor what she thinks about that case.
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