Georgetown Law professor is fired after she said in viral vid 'black students perform "at the bottom" and are "jumbled"'
A GEORGETOWN Law professor has been fired after getting caught on a now-viral Zoom video saying "black students perform 'at the bottom' and are 'jumbled.'"
Professor Sandra Sellers was fired on Thursday following an investigation by the University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action.
The short video clip, which has since obtained nearly 700,000 views, was shared to Twitter on Wednesday and prompted the investigation.
The Twitter post showed two Georgetown Law Professors – Sellers and David Batson – "being openly racist on a recorded Zoom call."
The footage, shared by a student who denounced the conversation as "beyond unacceptable" shows Sellers saying: "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.
"It’s some really good ones, but there are usually some that are just plain at the bottom. It drives me crazy."
At the start of the clip, Sellers told her colleague: "They were a bit jumbled."
Batson – who was seen on the Zoom call nodding and saying "Yup" – was placed on administration leave Thursday.
Another video clip of the Zoom call showed Batson responding to Seller.
He said: "What drives me crazy is, you know, the concept of how that plays out. And whether that is… you know, my own perceptions playing in here and when certain, my own, you know, my own unconscious biases, you know, playing out in the scheme of things."
Georgetown Law Dean Bill Treanor shared a message to the school's law community to explain the consequences Sellers and her colleague, Batson, must now face.
Treanor's statement read: "As I wrote to you last night, I am appalled that two members of our faculty engaged in a conversation that included reprehensible statements concerning the evaluation of Black students.
"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."
Meanwhile, Batson remains on administrative leave "pending the investigation by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action, the results of which will inform our next steps."
Treanor concluded his statement by insisting "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."
He continued: "This is a matter of great concern to me. I will be writing to you soon with a range of actions and changes that we will implement to address these issues.
"I will also send information about a listening session for the Georgetown Law student community that we plan to hold tomorrow."
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