A nursing professor at LaDelta Community College in Louisiana came under fire after she was accused of racial discrimination in the classroom.
A group of students told local station KNOE that their professor, Leslie McMurray, had prepared a study guide for the final exam in December. McMurray then allegedly highlighted the specific areas in the study guide that would be essential to study for the exam.
But apparently only the white students got this extra help, the student said.
What’s more, McMurray allegedly told the white students not to share their notes “with the Blacks or no one associated with the Blacks.”
A white classmate told the group of African-American students about the discriminatory notes and later confirmed to KNOE what happened.
The news station received screenshots of text messages between the white students trying to figure out what to do about the notes.
“Do we say there are no highlights from Leslie?” read one text message. “What if they ask to see them.”
The professor tries to justify her racism
KNOE also received and audio clip in which McMurray can be heard trying to explain herself. She claimed that she had only been trying to help the students know what to focus on and then asked all the students who didn’t get the highlighted notes to raise their hands.
She then gave the students who raised their hands the new notes.
That’s when one of the students pointed out that “all the people you are giving this to are the Blacks,” since the white students already had the highlighted material for the final exam in their study guides.
“I trusted you with my education,” one student said. “Like how could you try to plot against us because of the color of our skin.”
The school investigates but does nothing
While school officials at LaDelta Community College in Louisiana investigated the claims, they reportedly found “no evidence of racial bias.”
“Louisiana Delta Community College takes the cares and concerns of all of our students and employees very seriously, as we strive to promote an atmosphere conducive to learning … [We] are committed to a culture of inclusion and always wants to do the right thing. If new facts or information become available, the investigation would obviously be re-opened,” Chancellor Dennis Epps said in a statement.