Georgetown Professor: A law professor of Georgetown is receiving backlash for saying some comments about Black students in her class during a Zoom call. She was later fired by the University.
The law professors named Sandra Sellers and David Batson were having a supposedly private conversation on Zoom where they discussed a class they jointly taught. Sellers was heard saying, “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 usually some that are just plain at the bottom. It drives me crazy,” she added.
Sellers kept prompting Batson to nod at what she was saying as she started talking about her students who are “a bit jumbled”. She said that its the best way she can put it while she was laughing. Black Law Students Association (BLSA) said that Sellers was only referencing Black students in her class. They have now called her immediate resignation and have prepared a petition with hundreds of signature from students, alumni and Georgetown faculty members.
BLSA in their statement said, “We demand nothing short of the immediate termination of Sandra Sellers as adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.”
They pressed “Not suspension. Not an investigation. The university must take swift and definitive action in the face of blatant and shameless racism.” The group claimed that the video clip shows the “conscious and unconscious bias” in grading at Georgetown law school and other classrooms across the country.
William Treanor, the dean of Georgetown Law, released his statement about a “thorough investigation” of the matter. He did not name the persons in the video. The statement read, ” We are responding with the utmost seriousness to this situation,” Treanor said. “I have watched a video of this conversation and find the content to be abhorrent. It includes conduct that has no place in our educational community. We must ensure that all students are treated fairly and evaluated on their merits.” Read about Teen Vogue editor and the racism row here.