A Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center has been fired after being caught on camera making comments about Black students that the law school’s dean called “abhorrent” and “reprehensible”.
Professor Sandra Sellers is having a conversation about evaluating students, in a Zoom video and says, “I hate to say this… I end up having this angst every semester that a lot of my lower ones are Blacks. Happens almost every semester . And it’s like, ‘Oh, come on.’ It’s some really good ones, but there are also usually some that are just plain at the bottom. It drives me crazy.”
The adjunct she was speaking to, Professor David Batson, doesn’t challenge her and nods his head “yes”. Professor David had been placed on administrative leave.
The law school’s dean, Bill Treanor released a statement saying that the conversation “included reprehensible statements. We are responding with the utmost seriousness to this situation. I… find the content to be abhorrent.”
“This is by no means the end of our work to address the many structural issues of racism reflected in this painful incident, including explicit and implicit bias, bystander responsibility, and the need for more comprehensive anti-bias training,” Treanor stated.