Georgetown Law Professor Fired After Saying She Feels Bad for Her Underperforming Black Students
One Georgetown law professor has been fired and another placed on administrative leave over a “racist” comment by the former.
In a video leaked and uploaded to Twitter, Sandra Sellers tells colleague David Baston that she felt “angst” over the underperforming black students in her classes. The two appear to have been meeting on Zoom.
Referring to an unknown group of people—possibly a group of inarticulate or unprepared students—Sellers said that “they were a bit… jumbled. That’s the best way I can put it. It’s like, okay, let me reason through that, what you just said.”
But it was what she said right after that caused all the uproar: “And you know what? 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.’ You get some really good ones, but there are also usually some that are just plain at the bottom. It drives me crazy… I feel bad.“
What’s completely ignored is the entire context of the “racist comment” as well as the “I feel bad” remark just before the video clip cuts off. Sellers is lamenting the fact that a certain group of students underperform. She clearly wants it to be otherwise. She’s simply stating a cold hard fact that upsets her.
But that’s not how the mob took it. Sellers was blasted for her “racism” and has now been fired, though according to Law Center Dean William Treanor, she had said she was planning to resign anyway.
Sellers was doomed either way. People just can’t speak in generalities anymore, even if they mean nothing malicious.