An African-American professor has been sacked by her New Jersey university after comments she made in defence of Black Lives Matter during an interview with United States network Fox News. While speaking about an "all-black Memorial Day celebration" hosted by a Black Lives Matter group, Durden, who is black, told the host "you white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card" to attend the event. "You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card" to attend the event.
Two days after the show, the school suspended Durden with pay.
Following a review, Lisa Durden was sacked by Essex County College on Friday - the tertiary institute's president Anthony Munroe saying her remarks had "become a very contentious and divisive issue" on campus.
"It should be a safe place for me", she said of Essex County College. "The character of this institution mandates that we embrace diversity, inclusion, and unity".
Still, Munroe defended the college's decision to dismiss Durden in a statement late Friday.
Munroe said in his statement that families who contacted the school over Durden's comments expressed frustration and even fear that, as a college professor, her views would have an influence on students.
Durden's lawyer, Leslie Farber, said that the firing violated the Durden's right to free speech and that the pair is considering a possible lawsuit against the college. "The college affirms its right to select employees who represent the institution appropriately and are aligned with our mission".
Lisa Durden, an adjunct professor of communications and pop culture at Essex College, lost her job because of "racially insensitive remarks", according to the school's president. According to Durden, Bridgett told her that somebody complained about her associating herself with the school during the interview.
"I thought the whole point of Black Lives Matter. would be to speak out against singling people out on the basis of their race and punishing them for that", Carlson kicked off the interview. Farber said they were considering whether to take legal action in the matter.
In an interview with NJ.com, Durden also compared her dismissal to a rape victim being blamed for the crime or a solider returning from war to a hostile environment.
Durden was a frequent guest on Fox News, appearing on The Kelly Files, Fox & Friends, and more, typically in defense of the Black Lives Matter movement. 'I thought when I came home from war, I would be safe'. Instead, she said, "I was sacked".