Since folks are trying to defend Prof. Batson: 1) he had an obligation to call her out on it & report her and did not, 2) the source was a student in their class, not him and not me, 3) this recording was up and available to students in the class for weeks before being taken down pic.twitter.com/toGUJb82dJ
— Hassan Ahmad (@hahmad1996) March 11, 2021
From the Washington Post:
By Lauren Lumpkin
March 12, 2021 at 2:38 p.m. PST
A second Georgetown University Law Center professor is leaving the school after an investigation into a conversation between two faculty members that included negative comments about Black students.
David Batson, an adjunct professor, said he submitted his letter of resignation to law school Dean William Treanor on Friday. Batson was placed on administrative leave Thursday after a video clip that showed him talking about student performance with Sandra Sellers went viral.
Sellers was fired Thursday.
“I hate to say this. I end up having this angst every semester that a lot of my lower ones are Blacks,” Sellers said in the video. “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.”
Batson, in a second clip shared on Twitter, appeared to question his own unconscious bias. But students, including the university’s Black Law Students Association, criticized Batson for failing to condemn Sellers’s comments.
Batson, in a letter he shared with The Washington Post, apologized.
“In the moment, my heartfelt response was to point the discussion toward what I believe is our personal responsibility — to be aware of and respond to potential unconscious bias in all our undertakings,” Batson wrote. “I understand, however, that I missed the chance to respond in a more direct manner to address the inappropriate content of those remarks.”
Sure, Batson worried whether it was his “unconscious bias” that was causing blacks to perform poorly, but any response by a white short of calling in a drone strike on the other white is unacceptable.
Of course, this incident began a massive, vibrant debate in the press about the effect of affirmative action on black law students’ grade considering their considerably lower LSAT scores.
Nah, I’m just kidding.
I searched in Google News for
“Sandra Sellers” LSAT
And found all of two hits: