Most Americans can’t afford rent, study finds

Based on cost of living and the national minimum wage, most Americans can't even afford a modest apartment without being cost burdened by rent.

Odds are, you can’t afford your rent.

The average household needs to make at least six figures to comfortably afford the average fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the seven largest U.S. cities., according a new SmartAsset study that looked at how much it would cost to afford a two-bedroom apartment in America’s 25 largest cities.

A household that spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing is considered “cost-burdened,” according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but for the majority of the largest cities in the U.S., renters require incredibly large incomes to stay under that percentage.

San Francisco, Calif. is the most expensive city for renters on the list, where in order to avoid being so rent burdened, someone would need to make $188,000 per year. The average household income in the area is $103,801 per year.

The numbers are similar for New York, the second least affordable place on the list, where New Yorkers would need to earn a minimum of $162,400 in order to pay no more than 28 percent of their income on a place in the Big Apple, where the average two-bedroom apartment runs $3,800 a month.

And Boston renters would need to make $143,800 to cover the $40,300 required for a two-bedroom apartment per year. But the average household income is only $63,600.

The gap between what renters earn per hour and what it costs to afford a modest apartment at average market levels across the U.S. is just as wide: The hourly wage needed to make a modest two-bedroom apartment affordable is $22.10, according to the annual “Out Of Reach” report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s, which documents the affordability of rental housing to low-income families across the U.S.; for a modest one-bedroom, it’s $17.90. Meanwhile, the average hourly wage of U.S. renters stands at $16.88.

In fact, someone working a 40-hour week on the federal $7.25 minimum wage can’t afford to rent a “modest” two-bed apartment in any state in the country, according to the report. And renters would need to make more than three times the minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

In other words, renters would need to work a 122-hour week for all 52 weeks of the year — or work three full-time jobs in order to afford a modest two-bedroom rental home. For a one-bedroom, renters would need to work 99 hours per week throughout the year.

“The report’s Housing Wage is an estimate of the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a rental home at HUD’s fair market rent (FMR) without spending more than 30 percent of his or her income on housing costs,” Diane Yentel, the president and CEO of NLIHC, told Moneyish in an email.

“FMRs provide an estimate of what a family moving today can expect to pay for a modestly priced rental home in a given area. This year’s findings demonstrate how far out of reach modestly priced housing is for the growing low-wage work force, despite recent wage growth, and for other vulnerable populations across the country.”

The most expensive state is Hawaii, where workers would need an hourly income of $36.13 to afford rent, in contrast to the state’s average hourly wage of $16.16. Arkansas is the least expensive state at $13.84 — not including Puerto Rico at $9.24 — where workers would need to make $13.84 an hour, while the average hourly wage is $13.05.

The study finds that numbers are even worse for low-income households, defined as households earning less than the poverty level or 30 percent of the area’s average income. Four-person households making an annual $26,420 or less can only afford to spend $660 a month on rent, while the national average fair market rent for a one-bedroom rental is $931.

The rule of thumb is that no more than 30 percent of your income should be going toward housing costs including utilities, Erin Lowry, financial blogger and author of the book “Broke Millennial,” told Moneyish. “However, it is incredible hard for people to achieve this,” she added. “Realistically, hopefully no more than 50 percent should be going towards your rent.”

“There are many factors contributing to the current affordable housing crisis,” Yentel said. “But the simplest explanation is that wages are not keeping pace with rapidly rising rental housing costs. This will be a challenge for the foreseeable future – seven out of the ten occupations projected to add the greatest number of new jobs by 2016 provide a median wage lower than the one-bedroom Housing Wage.”

And as important as higher minimum wages are, they are not the silver-bullet solution for housing affordability, Yentel said. The report found that 38 local jurisdictions have their own minimum wages higher than the state or federal minimum-wage, but all fall short of the local one-bedroom Housing Wage.

For those who are struggling to afford fair market rent, Lowry offered a few tips:

Focus more on earning — and less on cutting things out of your life

“Hearing advice like ‘Don’t eat out,’ which most personal finance advisors give, is not helpful when you’re already in such an intense situation because you’re probably already doing that,” she said. She recommends figuring out how to earn more money instead. To do this, she suggests starting at your current position and speaking directly with your boss to negotiate ways to take on more responsibility.

Be flexible about your living situation

“This can be difficult advice, but consider moving to where the jobs are,” Lowry said. “If you’re in a place where there aren’t a lot of opportunities, this might be an answer at least in the short-run.” Consider moving back in with family members to mitigate costs of living, she advised, or moving out of high-cost, trendy neighborhoods.

Negotiate with your landlord

If you’ve proven that you’re a reliable tenant who pays rent on time, negotiating with your landlord could be a way to reduce how much you’re paying for bills. “Maybe offer to do some things around the building like being a handyman or doing superintendent chores,” she suggested. “What I did when I knew rent was going to take up a huge chunk of my paycheck was to take every opportunity I could to make things work — like turning off my AC when I could in the summer,” she said. Paying rent on time showed her landlord that she was a reliable tenant — so every time the rent was raised, she was able to counter so it didn’t increase that much.

Viral Louisiana supermarket employee who let autistic customer stock shelves gets $100G for college

A supermarket employee in Louisiana who went viral for letting a young customer with autism help him stock the store shelves has now been gifted $100,000 for college tuition.

When Jordan Taylor, who works at Rouses Market in Baton Rouge, noticed Jack Ryan watching him refill the coolers, he offered to show him what do.

In a video taken by Jack Ryan’s dad and shared on Facebook by his sister, Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi, Jack Ryan and Taylor can be seen working together to put milk and juice on the shelves.

“Talk about a stand up young man!!!!” Alwosaibi wrote about Taylor. “We all know autism makes going out difficult, and sometimes grocery stores can be a challenge. This young man took the time to slow down and allow Jack Ryan to help for over 30 minutes, guiding him as he finished his task.”

Alwosaibi and everyone who saw the video were so impressed by what Taylor did, they decided to start a GoFundMe page Wednesday to help raise money to send him to college. Taylor told Alwosaibi he loves math and might want to be a teacher someday. The campaign originally had a goal of $10,000, but after receiving an overwhelming amount of donations, the goal was increased to $100,000, which it had reached as of Friday afternoon.

“He could have ignored him. He could have made an excuse and said he couldn’t allow him to help. Instead, he let him have his moment and in turn gave my family a moment we will never forget,” Alwosaibi wrote.

“It might seem like nothing to others, but as you can hear my dad say in the video, [‘I’m watching a miracle in action’].”

Group steps in to help girl with cerebral palsy enjoy day at beach

The group said they saw the woman struggling to get her daughter on the beach and decided to offer their help.

A group of friends who were relaxing on the beach said they saw a mother struggling to get her daughter, who was in a wheelchair, onto the sand and decided to help out. Dustin Smalley said he and his friends were taking a break from playing volleyball at St. Pete Beach in Florida, when they saw the unidentified family approach.

Smalley, who did not identify the family, said the woman’s child had cerebral palsy, and couldn’t get out of her wheelchair, Fox 5 reported.

“So we said as a group, ‘Look guys we need to go help that lady,’” Smalley told the news outlet. “So Justin Johnson and Renal Roberts went over and approached the lady and said, ‘Ma’am may we help you?’”

Smalley said the woman said she was staying at a condo and hadn’t been able to take her child to the beach all week because she was unable to lift her out of the chair on her own. A photo shared on Facebook shows the group carrying the girl onto the beach.

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes,” Smalley wrote on Facebook. “That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”

The group then helped the girl return to her wheelchair when the day was over.

“We didn’t get any names or further details,” he told the news outlet, adding that the woman teared up. “We just chose to be a group of friends from college, willing to help a stranger in need.”

Popular Majorca beach evacuated after shark spotted swimming near panicked tourists

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The shark appeared disoriented, according to Palma Aquarium’s Recovery Center, which was eventually called in to retrieve the fish.

Guillem Felix, a veterinary nurse for the Recovery Center, said they were first notified of the shark at 3:30 p.m., but decided to wait and see if it would return to the ocean.

“We got a second call an hour later to say it had ended up writhing on the sand and the lifeguards had put it back in the water but had subsequently returned to the shoreline,” Felix told The Telegraph.

The shark was euthanized shortly thereafter, the Diario de Mallorca reported.

An autopsy later revealed that the shark had been injured by a stingray, with one of its barbs still stuck in its snout. The resulting nerve damage made it hard for the animal to hunt and seek food, leading it to become disoriented, and eventually swim toward the shore.

The same type of blue shark was also responsible for a similar panic on the other side of the island last year, The Telepgraph reported. In June of 2017, beach-goers spotted a shark swimming near people just off shore on two separate occasions, leading officials to temporarily close down the beach.

Indiana man survives internal decapitation years after beating brain cancer: ‘Our boy is a miracle’

A 22-year-old Indiana man says he was internally decapitated after a car crash.

An Indiana man who beat brain cancer as a teen has once again “defied the odds” after surviving a nearly fatal car crash in January that left him internally decapitated.

“I have fought for my life this time around, and some days I feel like I still am. God has put me through some crazy stuff, and he’s really testing me,” Brock Meister, of Plymouth, said in a statement released by Beacon Health System.“I’m just thankful to be here, so that’s all that matters,” the 22-year-old added.

On January 12, Meister was having dinner with some friends in Plymouth before heading to Lake of the Woods, near Bremen, where he and some friends were planning to stay with his grandparents for a night.

Just minutes before Meister and a friend were slated to arrive, the car hit a patch of black ice, causing the vehicle to tip over and roll on the passenger side where Meister was seated.

Meister’s head smashed into the window, shattering it, and ultimately separating his skull from his spine in the process.

“Half my body was out the window,” he recalled.

The driver was able to pull Meister back in as the truck flipped upright and slowly rolled to a stop.

Meister’s friend, Ryan Topper, who was driving ahead of the two, knew something was wrong when he could no longer see the truck’s headlights behind him. He whipped his car around, arriving just moments later.

Surgeons made a long incision on the back of his neck, using a skull plate and spinal screws and rods to correct the fracture.  (Beacon Health System)

“I turned around and from the angle that I drove up on it, it didn’t look like anything had happened at all,” Topper said.

But as he got closer, he saw Meister, whose face was covered in blood.

“[He] wasn’t saying much,” Topper recalled.

“Brock kept trying to get up and the only words he was saying were ‘my neck’ and ‘ambulance.’ I knew that he was in some serious pain and that if it was his neck, I couldn’t let him get up and move,” Topper, who had already called emergency officials at this point, said.

Meister was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where doctors stabilized him and took X-rays. Images revealed he had suffered a “traumatic atlanto-occipital dislocation,” essentially a “complete separation of the skull from the spine or internal decapitation,” according to the statement.

Surviving this type of injury is rare: the mortality rate for those who suffer internal decapitation is high. Aside from the physical separation of skull and spine, this injury can also be fatal because “the blood vessels supplying the brain and the spinal cord itself are commonly injured … [causing] significant neurological deficits and often prove fatal,” according to the Beacon Health System.

“Things easily could have been more tragic and my time spent with him could be at the cemetery.”

– Jenna Meister, Brock Meister’s mother

Meister was just the second patient in Memorial Hospital’s history to arrive alive with this particular injury.

“He’s here and he’s alive, and that in itself is a complete miracle,” Meister’s mother, Jenna, recalled telling family and friends at the hospital.

At 2 a.m. that same night, Dr. Kashif Shaikh, a Beacon Medical Group neurosurgeon, was paged. He looked at the X-rays at home before heading to the hospital to treat Meister.

“I had to check twice to make sure I was looking at the right patient’s picture – it’s such an uncommon injury, and an even less common injury to survive,” he told the hospital.

Later, Meister underwent surgery to re-align his skull and spine.

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Meister (left) is also a brain cancer survivor.  (Beacon Health System)

His surgeons made a long incision on the back of his neck, using a skull plate and spinal screws and rods to correct the fracture.


Interestingly, Shaikh, who performed the surgery, also helped to treat Meister when a malignant brain tumor — a grade III germinoma — was found at the center of his brain in 2012. Meister was just 16 years old at the time.

Thankfully, the surgery was successful and Meister was released from the hospital in February. He was required to wear a neck brace up until recently.

While he still has trouble with his right arm and pain in the lower part of his body, he is undergoing physical and occupational therapy at Memorial Hospital to treat those issues.

“It is truly incredible,” Shaikh said of Mesiter’s ability to survive brain cancer and the car accident.

“As a mom, I know, I truly know God was there that night and saved my child. Things easily could have been more tragic and my time spent with him could be at the cemetery. Our boy is a miracle,” Jenna added.

Neither Brock nor Jenna Meister immediately responded to Fox News’ request for comment on Friday.

Ex-Penn State fraternity member sentenced to house arrest, probation in pledge’s death

Ryan Burke, left, was sentenced in the case related to the death of 19-year-old fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza at Penn State University.

A former Penn State University fraternity brother was sentenced Tuesday to three months of house arrest and 27 months of probation in connection to the death of a pledge who was fatally injured during a night of heavy drinking.

Ryan Burke, 21, of Scranton, was the first of more than 20 defendants to plead guilty to four counts of hazing and five alcohol violations in the death of engineering student Tim Piazza in February 2017.

Piazza, a sophomore from Lebanon, New Jersey, drank a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered fatal head and abdominal injuries in a series of falls during a party by the now-closed Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

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Tim Piazza, a sophomore engineering student at Penn State, died after drinking a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered fatal head and abdominal injuries in a series of falls during a party by Beta Theta Pi fraternity.  (AP )

Court documents say Burke was an active participant in the bid acceptance night events at the fraternity, including providing alcohol to Piazza and others who had just signed up as pledges.

Burke was the rush chairman and in charge of recruiting new members. A prosecution sentencing memo filed last week said Burke lined up the pledges single-file and marched them into the basement, “where the alcohol-fueled hazing would ensue.”

The memo says Burke walked around the basement with a bottle of vodka for the pledges in one hand, supplying Piazza and three others with vodka over a 10-minute period. The hazing counts and four of the five alcohol violations relate to those events. Burke also pleaded guilty to underage drinking.

After Piazza fell down the basement stairs and had to be carried to a first-floor sofa, Burke “appeared unconcerned,” prosecutors wrote.

“He is seen playfully hoisting a girl over his shoulders, jumping on the sofa next to Piazza, and then rolling over and on top of Piazza as he is getting up before leaving the room. He leaves Piazza to be dealt with by others,” according to the sentencing memo.

LeBron James joins other celebrities who launched schools

With the launch of a public school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, LeBron James has joined a long list of celebrities who have sought to leave their mark on education centers.

The NBA star, who recently left the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, was on hand Monday to welcome children to the I Promise School, built in a partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron City Schools. The school launches with a group of third- and fourth-graders and plans to expand to serve first through eighth grades by 2022.

James has said the school, with a non-traditional schedule and year-round programming, can have a lasting impact for children facing the kinds of challenges he faced during a rough childhood. James grew up without a father, and he missed a lot of school because he and his mother lacked transportation.

Here is a look at some of the other celebrities who have been involved in creating schools, sometimes with mixed results:


The NFL Hall of Famer co-founded a multi-campus charter school called Prime Prep Academy in Texas in 2012. He coached there and served in other capacities but had a rocky relationship with administrators and was twice fired and rehired. The school’s enrollment slid amid financial and administrative problems, and it closed in early 2015.


The singer has funded at least a half-dozen schools for children in her native Colombia over the past two decades with her foundation, Pies Descalzos, which means Barefoot in Spanish. Those institutions included a $6 million school she dedicated in 2009 in her hometown, Barranquilla, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. She said then that her foundation’s work is about “breaking the myth that quality education is the privilege of the few.”


The Lakers legend announced in 2011 that he was partnering with for-profit EdisonLearning Inc. to lend his name and business skills to promote dropout recovery centers. The effort expanded to at least 17 Bridgescape schools in six states within a couple years with the goal of reducing school dropout rates in urban areas. The company and Johnson parted ways after five years, but EdisonLearning says four Bridgescape Learning Academies still operate with the Chicago Public Schools.


The singer and his wife, teacher Susan Benedetto, founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2001 in New York, naming it after the legendary singer, who was Bennett’s best friend. The public performing arts high school in Queens, which gets support from Bennett’s nonprofit group, admits students based on auditions. It boasts a high graduation rate, with alumni who have gone on to study at a variety of top arts colleges.


The actor-rapper and his actress wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, founded the private New Village Academy in the Los Angeles area in 2008. Pinkett Smith said she was moved to start the school after developing home-schooling programs for their own children, but it was embroiled in controversy over rumors the curriculum used instructional methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The couple and school leaders denied any connection to the church. The school reportedly closed in 2013. Representatives for the couple couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


The tennis great ran the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for at-risk youth in his hometown, Las Vegas. In 2016, the academy was turned over to an out-of-state operator, and it has been rebranded Democracy Prep at Agassi Campus. The school change was compelled by a Nevada state initiative that targeted low-performing schools. The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education also is tied to an investment fund that helps charter school operators get access to buildings and facilities around the country.


The performer and entrepreneur added another role in 2016 as founder of the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School in the New York neighborhood where he was born. He said it was a dream come true to create the school, which is part of a group of schools aimed at supporting historically disadvantaged students.


The rapper, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, has been a celebrity ambassador for the Sports and Leadership Academy, which has locations in Miami and Henderson, Nevada. He’s appeared at ceremonies for the schools, which focus on sports medicine, marketing, business and management. The academy is overseen by the Sports and Leadership Academy Foundation, and he is not a financial donor.


The pop star founded the charity Raising Malawi in 2006 to help vulnerable children in that impoverished southern African nation. Its work has included helping to build schools there. It also funded a children’s wing at a hospital that opened last year.

USC facing 300 plaintiffs in lawsuit against ex-gynecologist; faculty wants embattled president gone

As of this week, more than 300 people are now suing the University of Southern California over its alleged failure to prevent sexual abuse by a former campus gynecologist, reports said.

And faculty members renewed a push Wednesday for the university’s president to make good on his plans to resign.

The gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, 71, was the subject of repeated complaints that he groped female students during campus office visits and made lewd, inappropriate comments about women’s bodies during his three decades at the student health center. He also allegedly improperly photographed students.

Complaints made as early as 1990 were not fully investigated until 2016, said California’s state Department of Education, which is investigating USC’s response to allegations against Tyndall.

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 22, 2018, file photo, people enter the University of Southern California's Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles. More than 50 former and current students of the University of Southern California say in a new lawsuit that the school mishandled complaints that a longtime gynecologist engaged in inappropriate behavior during pelvic exams. The court filing Monday, July 23, 2018, by the firm D. Miller and Associates brings the number of people suing USC and Dr. George Tyndall to more than a hundred. Tyndall's denied wrongdoing and hasn't been charged with a crime but police are investigating dozens of allegations. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)


“It is unconscionable that a world-class institution like USC would ignore repeated red flags and allow Dr. Tyndall to remain in a position where he could continue his abuse of students,” said Mike Arias, managing partner of a law firm that on Tuesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of 54 former USC students alleging sexual abuse.

Meanwhile, in the two months since USC President C.L. Max Nikias agreed to step down, many faculty members have grown concerned that he might not be leaving, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A petition dated Wednesday and signed by nearly 700 faculty members was addressed to the trustees. It said there had been “no follow-up” in naming an interim president or searching for a permanent replacement, the paper reported.

“We find ourselves in a state of turmoil and uncertainty,” the petition said, noting that students return to campus in less than three weeks. “President Nikias cannot be the one who stands up to greet new students at the Convocation.”

Faculty members had written two months ago that they wanted Nikias to “step aside to allow new leaders to heal the damage to the university, restore trust of the community, and help us to move forward,” the Washington Post reported.

University board Chairman Rick Caruso could not be reached for comment Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the Post.

Dr. Yaniv Bar-Cohen, president of the academic senate, told colleagues in a letter to the faculty Monday that “there appears to be broad faculty consensus that it would be inappropriate for Nikias to continue in office during the search for a new permanent President,” the Times reported.

“It’s just not acceptable to go back on what was already announced two month ago. … We really can’t move forward until we have new leadership.”

– Ariela Gross, USC law and history professor

“It’s just not acceptable to go back on what was already announced two month ago,” Ariela Gross, a USC law professor said. “We really can’t move forward until we have new leadership,” the Post reported.

A university spokeswoman declined to comment on Nikias’ status or whether trustees formed a presidential search committee, the report said.

Tyndall could not be reached for comment this week, but he has previously denied wrongdoing.

He has not been charged with a crime, but police were investigating allegations from dozens of women and more than 400 students who made complaints through a university hotline. USC has said it is cooperating with the investigations.

“A blind eye was turned towards these women’s pleas for help. … USC’s inexcusable inaction gave Dr. Tyndall the opportunity to abuse countless more patients over many years.”

– Andy Rubenstein, attorney

“A blind eye was turned towards these women’s pleas for help,” attorney Andy Rubenstein said in a statement this week. “USC’s inexcusable inaction gave Dr. Tyndall the opportunity to abuse countless more patients over many years.”

The Times reported that in a secret deal last summer, top university administrators allowed Tyndall to resign quietly with a financial payout.

USC also did not report Tyndall at the time to the Medical Board of California, the paper reported. The university told the Times in a statement that it was “under no obligation” to report him, but “in hindsight,” USC should have reported him.

USC Annenberg suspends use of Moonves’ name on media center

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will temporarily suspend the use of the media center’s name: The Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center.

In a statement Wednesday, Dean Willow Bay says, “In recognition of the sensitivities surrounding recent allegations against Mr. Moonves, he and Ms. Chen have requested that USC Annenberg temporarily suspend use of the media center’s name until the investigation concludes.”

In an article last week in The New Yorker, six women alleged sexual harassment or misconduct by the CBS Corp. CEO between the 1980s and late 2000s.

Moonves acknowledged making advances that may have made women uncomfortable but said he never misused his position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.

The state-of-the-art media center’s name was changed in 2015 after a pledged gift from CBS, University of Southern California alumna Chen and her husband, Moonves.

Moonves’ alma mater, Bucknell University, has also removed some references to him on its website.

Fresno State professor blames newspaper’s ‘biased’ reporting for ‘inhumane and cruel’ hate mail

The contentious California professor who bashed former first lady Barbara Bush after her death shared a slew of hate mail she received in the months following the inflammatory remarks — and blamed “biased” journalists for her “inhumane” treatment, a report said Wednesday.

Randa Jarrar, an English professor at California State University, Fresno (aka Fresno State), declined an interview with the Fresno Bee, but not before telling the paper she forwarded the 54 email messages to show how its “unethical” reporting instigated “violent” public reaction against her.

“I want you to see how your paper’s unethical and biased reporting feeds into inhumane and cruel treatment towards the people you write about,” Jarrar wrote. “It is violent and inhumane.”

The Bee said that while it was unable to confirm the original senders of the forwarded emails, the content of many of the messages appeared threatening and harsh. They included derogatory remarks about Jarrar’s Palestinian and Egyptian heritage.

Some samples of the reader responses to Jarrar:

“Barbara Bush was a woman of Grace and compassion you on the other hand are fat Arab Pig you may not think you’re going to get fired but I wouldn’t bet that you won’t wind up Underground you’re a disgrace and should be punished appropriately,” one email read, according to the Bee.

“I want you to see how your paper’s unethical and biased reporting feeds into inhumane and cruel treatment towards the people you write about. It is violent and inhumane.”

– Randa Jarrar

Another read: “You belong in a cage as a sex-slave for ISIS & other Sunni jihadis. And if you ever want to return to your native slum, setup a ‘go fund me’ account for a 1-way ticket to Cairo & i’ll give you $200.”

A third read: “You’re an embarrassment to the university and contribute nothing at all to creating a better peaceful world. Here’s hoping nothing but the worst for you fatty.”

But not everyone disagreed with Jarrar’s views.

“I support your honest statements on Bush,” one email stated. “Both her husband and son are war criminals. If I can be of help please let me know. It makes me sick that she is being hailed as some kind of kind funny hero.”

In April, Jarrar drew public backlash for calling Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal” – a reference to her son, President George W. Bush — only an hour after the news of the former first lady’s death was made public.

“[E]ither you are against these pieces of s— and their genocidal ways or you’re part of the problem,” Jarrar said in a follow-up tweet. “I’m happy the witch is dead. can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million iraqis have.”

Jarrar’s Twitter had been set to private since April’s comments, but last week Campus Reform captured a screenshot of a tweet demanding “white editors” resign from positions of power.

“We don’t have to wait for them to f— up,” Jarrar allegedly wrote. “The fact that they hold these positions is f— up enough.”

According to the Bee, Jarrar is scheduled to resume teaching at the university in the fall. In April, Fresno State’s president decided that Jarrar’s views were protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.