Following a heated discussion with Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, former Essex County College professor Lisa Durden was suspended from the institution. Two days after the June 6 interview on Carlson’s eponymous Fox News channel show, Durden was told to cancel her classes and report to the human resources department of the New Jersey institution. She received an indefinite suspension.
In response, the leftist Durden told the Newark Star-Ledger, “They did this to humiliate me. Essex County College publicly lynched me in front of my students.”
On Carlson’s show, Durden sought to defend a Memorial Day celebration for blacks only that was organized by Black Lives Matter movement. She dodged Carlson when he asked whether it is appropriate to exclude people based on race. Carlson said, “I thought the whole point of Black Lives Matter, or one of the points, would be to speak out against singling people out on the basis of their race and punishing them for that because you can’t control what your race is, and yet they seem to be doing that, explain that to me.”
Durden replied, cutting off Carlson, “What I say to that is boo hoo hoo you white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card to get invited to the Black Lives Matters, all black, Memorial Day celebration.”
Durden did not stop there. “White folks crack me up all of a sudden, when we want one day for black folks to focus on ourselves but you’ve been having white days for ever, you don’t say the words anymore because you know it’s politically incorrect,” Durden shouted.
Following her appearance on the show, Durden got a letter from the Essex County College vice president for academic affairs informing of her indefinite suspension. While her appearance on the show was not mentioned in the letter, Durden claimed that it was mentioned in her meeting with the college’s HR department. Assistant HR Director Karen Bridgett allegedly told Durden that someone had “complained” about her association with the college during the television show appearance.
“There’s got to be some other agenda,” Leslie Farber, Durden’s attorney told The Star-Ledger. “It seems to me they’re going to make up some reason. We’ve got to figure out what that is and why. Is she too outspoken?”
One of Durden’s colleagues expressed alarm that Durden, a black woman, had been shown disrespect by the college for using her First Amendment rights.