This Georgetown Law Center adjunct professor is going to be fired, shunned, cancelled and otherwise ruined professionally and personally, and she has no excuses whatsoever.
The Ethics Alarms “Naked Teacher Principle” holds that ” a secondary school teacher or administrator (or other role model for children) who allows pictures of himself or herself to be widely publicized, as on the web, showing the teacher naked or engaging in sexually provocative poses, cannot complain when he or she is dismissed by the school as a result.” This does not mean that such a teacher necessarily should be dismissed, but that the teacher has no basis for claiming to be a victim. The conduct was foolish and irresponsible, and the repercussions predictable.
The newly minted “Technologically Inept Adjunct Professor With Politically Incorrect Opinions Principle” is based on similar calculations. As certain anti-woke statements and positions are getting people fired or canceled daily, with any diversion from the current racial spoils and “diversity” narrative being tarred as “racist,” for a professor at a law school, especially one as tainted by Leftist bias as Georgetown, to express such views over any form of electronic communications is almost grounds for involuntary commitment. Careless and reckless people shouldn’t teach law students. It doesn’t matter whether the statement involved expressed a valid and defensible observation: if it involves a tenet of woke cant and isn’t supportive, then the statement is an invitation to be cancelled. First Amendment? Doesn’t matter. Academic freedom? Irrelevant. Fairness? The Golden Rule? “There but for the grace of God…”? Risible.The third rail is known and recognizable, and you deliberately jumped on it assuming it wasn’t live?
Don’t come whining to me.
In the case at hand, GULC adjunct professor Sandra Sellers was chatting via Zoom with another faculty member, Prof David Batson, about a class they taught together. Sellers was complaining about the under-performing black students, 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.”
I can attest that this has been a privately expressed complaint by many, many Georgetown Law Center professors and administrators (of all races) ever since the school committed to an admissions system that permitted minority students to enter the institution with lesser credentials and qualifications than white students. When I worked in the GULC administration, the topic came up all the time. Elite institutions sent us affirmative action graduates who, as in one case from Yale, couldn’t read. The school set up a remedial skills class just for minority First Year students, and one of them sued us for “stigmatizing” him by making him attend.
Nevertheless, a law professor cannot do his or her job after an expression of skepticism over the wisdom of such a policy escapes a sound-proof room where the conversants are speaking Navaho. To talk about the issue over social media, or worse, Zoom, where lawyers are turning into cats and getting caught failing to be Masters of Their Domains because of the carelessness of users, is mind-meltingly stupid. It is virtually the execution of a professional death wish.
The Black Law Students Association is calling for Sellers’ resignation, and there is a petition demanding her firing signed by students, alumni and several Georgetown faculty members. Refusing to sign such a petition would itself be grounds for a racism label, I assume.
“We demand nothing short of the immediate termination of Sandra Sellers as adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center,” BALSA said in a statement. “Not suspension. Not an investigation. The university must take swift and definitive action in the face of blatant and shameless racism.”
We can expect Sellers to grovel an apology, and I assume she will resign. It would be admirable if, having opened this messy can of worms however unintentionally, she stood her ground and took the opportunity to explore what is wrong about using race to justify admitting future lawyers who lack the skills to be good ones. She’s going to have a scarlet R tattooed on her forehead anyway: she might as well tell the truth, like Sir Thomas More finally revealing what he thought of Henry the VIII’s depotism after he knew he was to be beheaded.
I’m curious if the mob will come for Batson too. After all, he nodded on the recorded Zoom feed.
He also might have been the one who made it public.
Pointer: Other Bill