I am appalled at the behavior of some professors. Should we not hold ourselves to higher standards? Case in point. If you haven’t heard about Fresno State English professor Randa Jarrar by now, you’ve been hiding under a rock. She’s the professor who tweeted detestable remarks in response to the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Acting like a class bully, she resorted to name-calling. And like an irresponsible, immature child, handed out the phone number to a suicide hotline. I’m not going to debate whether or not her tweets were out of line or crass. Clearly, they were. Just see for yourself.
I’m not even going to debate if the university should punish her. That’s up to the administration. But if they decide to dole out any type of punishment, I won’t lose any sleep over it.
Queue the “I-can-say-whatever-I-want-because-of-free-speech-and-if-you-don’t-agree-with-me-you’re-anti-free-speech” crowd. Hold the fuck up.
Of course I support free speech. It’s why I’m able to write the word “fuck” on my blog. Jarrar’s observation about being American and saying what she wants is correct. You go girl. Say whatever the hell you want. But please don’t get it twisted.
Freedom of speech does not equate to freedom from judgment or reprisal.
Yes, Jarrar, I’m now speaking directly to you. I personally don’t care if you’re a representative of your school or simply a citizen whenever you decide to vomit your degrading, demeaning, and derogatory statements all over the Internet. As a human being I find your lack of empathy disturbing and your overall point of view completely short-sighted. You are the perfect example of how decent human beings should not behave. Your negative attitude is a disease that unfortunately, seems to be eating away at our society.
As professors, we should hold ourselves to a higher standard. We are supposed to be role models. It surprises me that as an English professor, you lack the ability to express yourself in a more constructive way.
I’m not delusional. I know you you’ll continue to think you’re a bad-ass, when in fact, you’re just an ass. You’ll likely continue to spew venom whenever you open your mouth and your laptop.
In the end, you’ve managed to fool yourself into believing you stand for something. In reality, you’re nothing but a bully with an over-sized ego who likes to throw virtual rocks at old people.
Jennifer Furlong has 25 years’ experience in the communication field and teaches communication and public speaking courses in the Savannah area. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She currently resides in Richmond Hill, Ga. with her family of canines, felines, and humans. Let's be social! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. Just look for Professor SpeechLady. See you in cyberspace.
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