Support Professor & Writer Randa Jarrar
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We, the undersigned, support Professor Randa Jarrar and demand that California State University at Fresno secure and protect her employment. We also demand that the University make their support of her right to freedom of expression part of the public record.
Jarrar’s teaching, her publication record, her leadership of the Radius of Arab American Writers, and her ongoing engagement with and promotion of Muslim and women writers make her an invaluable voice at the University and beyond. We support her right to post as she sees fit to her personal social media accounts, and to respond as she sees fit to aggressive responses on social media. The University’s failure to support Jarrar suggests that FSU considers a professor’s speech to be free only insofar as it is deemed “acceptable” and consistent with the institution’s “core values.” This equivocation leads down a slippery slope that chips away at academic and intellectual freedom and renders the protections of tenure null and void.
Furthermore, in a social and political climate where Muslim people are consistently under attack, a failure to support Jarrar is a further erosion of Muslim voices and experience in this country.
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