A law professor in the United States has been sacked on Thursday after a viral video showed her belittling black students, saying they "usually performed at the bottom" in class.
Prof Sandra Sellers, who taught at the Georgetown Law in Washington DC, was chatting with her colleague, David Batson, on a Zoom video call and the clip was posted on Twitter by one of the students.
At the beginning of the clip, Sellers is heard saying: "They were a bit jumbled.
Baston then nods his head and replies: "Yup."
"That’s the best way I can put it," Sellers said with a laugh on the call. "It’s like OK, let me reason through that, what you just said."
The conversation continues and she mentions that most of the poor performers are black students.
She says: "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."
The clip has since widely shared and Hassan Ahmad, who posted the clip, called it "beyond acceptable".
Georgetown Law Dean Bill Treanor wrote on Thursday to acknowledge the matter and explain the consequences Sellers and Batson must not face.
The statement read: "I have further reviewed the incident and have now spoken to Professor Sellers and Professor Batson, giving each the opportunity to provide any additional context.
"I informed Professor Sellers that I was terminating her relationship with Georgetown Law effective immediately.
"Professor Batson has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action, the results of which will inform our next steps.
"Until the completion of the investigation, Professor Batson will have no further involvement with the course in which the incident arose."
The school's webpage has taken down information about Sellers as of Thursday.
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