Gloria Y. Gadsden has been reinstated to her job at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. The associate professor of sociology returned to work on Wednesday after being cleared by a psychologist. Ms. Gadsden was placed on paid administrative leave after a student complained about two comments she had made on her Facebook page: "Had a good day today, didn't want to kill even one student.:-) Now Friday was a different story ..." and "Does anyone know where I can find a very discrete [sic] hitman, it's been that kind of day."I am not fond of Prof. Gadsden's comments. I do not see my students as the enemy or even a homogenous group. Some students annoy me, of course. Some colleagues annoy me too. And I am sure I annoy them. But mostly my students, like my colleagues, are a group of fairly reasonable people who are trying their best to participate in this thing called "higher ed." I also try not to create any false separation between "students" and "everyone else." Some students are my friends, some my colleagues and collaborators, some I never speak to outside the class room, but I try to be as respectful and helpful as possible in the class room with everyone. Perhaps this is why, when I was fired by my college a few years back, students (past, present and future) rallied together to create a FB page to figure out how to save my job. They came up with organizing ideas- like letter writing campaigns to board members and taking over the president's office hours to talk about the issue- and wrote testimonials to me and actually turned the process around. These students, no, not students, these human beings also made me extremely grateful to have them in my life, not because I got my job back, but because I learned that the job was rather beside the point. But now the plot thickens. Although my guess is Professor Gadsden and I are similar in many ways- like being female and sociologists, there is one major difference between our experience of academe and our students. I'm white. Professor Gadsden is Black. Gadsden has written openly about how difficult it is to be Black in predominantly white institutions like the ones she and I both teach in. To what extent does her experience of her students as Other have to do with their experience of her as Other? What is the effect of being one of a handful of Black faculty at institutions that are all far more white than the general population? I am going to speak anecdotally here, but I have heard many faculty members who are from racially underrepresented groups talk about how they feel the need to exert their authority in the classroom because white students were constantly questioning their expertise. This is particularly true for female faculty of color. How could it be otherwise when we have a fair amount of data from social psychologists like Claude Steele that shows that white Americans (even ones who consider themselves "liberal" or "not racist") tend to see people of color as "less qualified" than whites? And so I am left with the knowledge that part of my bond with students is a highly racialized one. I see them as fully human because they see me that way. I see them as highly competent because they see me that way. I don't separate myself from them because I am like them. And so FB saved me even while it put a Black colleague's career at risk.