We haven’t gotten past the angst-ridden discourse of privilege and buoyancy even in law schools. Then again E. Jean Carroll really wants that DNA sample from Trump and only good lawyers are going to make that happen.
Georgetown Law has fired a professor for “reprehensible” comments about Black students that were shared online.
Dean of Georgetown Law Bill Treanor said he was “appalled” by the “reprehensible” statements made by former professor Sandra Sellers and David Batson, another professor who was placed on administration leave, in a letter to the Georgetown Law community on Thursday.
Treanor said he spoke with both professors while reviewing the incident for further context.
“I informed Professor Sellers that I was terminating her relationship with Georgetown Law effective immediately. During our conversation, she told me that she had intended to resign. As a result of my decision, Professor Sellers is no longer affiliated with Georgetown Law,” Treanor said.
Batson has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the school’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action. Batson will not be involved in courses while the investigation is being conducted.
“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 added.
One Georgetown University Law Center professor was dismissed and another was placed on administrative leave following a conversation they had about the performance of Black students on a recorded video call https://t.co/UlP8PnijoK
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) March 11, 2021
Two professors at the Georgetown University Law Center had a racist conversation about the allegedly poor performance of “Blacks” in their class, a negotiations seminar, which was recorded and uploaded for those same students to view. In the video, recorded in February and posted to Twitter on Wednesday evening, professor Sandra Sellers complained, “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.” Professor David Batson, who co-taught the class, appeared to nod.
One third-year student agreed that there is a chasm between the administration’s words and actions. “The administration, especially Treanor, always want to seem progressive and caring, but they take every opportunity to sit on the fence and leave their students out,” she said, pointing to the prominent role on campus of the right-wing Federalist Society. “They let Fed Soc run amok trying to get attention by hosting insensitive events,” such as an event about “a multi-ethnic working class conservatism” hosted by three white men.
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To be VERY clear: as a Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, I firmly stand with @GeorgetownBLSA. There is NO place for anti-Blackness anywhere, especially in environments where Black students are already underrepresented. We should ALL know this by now.
— Preston Mitchum, he/him (@PrestonMitchum) March 11, 2021
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