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Racist Professor Is Being Called Out For Belittling A Smart Latina Student In Class

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Apparently there is a professor out there who thinks Latinos can’t use words like “hence.” Tiffany Martínez, a student at Suffolk University in Boston, was shocked to have one of her papers returned with a note from the professor accusing her of plagiarism. Why? Because a Latina couldn’t possibly know such lofty words, duh! Martinez wrote up an emotional blog post about the treatment Martínez faced from her professor.

This is the Facebook post by Tiffany Martínez that has gone viral.

I was hurt badly this morning and publicly humiliated in front of my peers by a professor. They assumed I plagiarized my…

Posted by Tiffany Corin Martínez on Thursday, October 27, 2016

She starts her post by laying out all of her academic, and honestly impressive, accomplishments.

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“As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education,” Martínez wrote about her accomplishments thus far in academia. “I name these accomplishments because I understand the vitality of credentials in a society where people like me are not set up to succeed. My last name and appearance immediately instills a set of biases before I have the chance to open my mouth. These stereotypes and generalizations forced on marginalized communities are at times debilitating and painful.”

But, on Oct. 27, one professor tried to tell her that she was not the educated person she truly is.

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“At eight o’clock this morning, I felt both disrespected and invalidated. For years I have spent ample time dissecting the internalized racism that causes me to doubt myself, my abilities, and my aspirations,” Martínez wrote in her blog post. “As a student in an institution extremely populated with high-income white counterparts, I have felt the bitter taste of not belonging.”

“This morning, my professor handed me back a paper (a literature review) in front of my entire class and exclaimed ‘this is not your language,'” Martínez shared in her post.

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“On the top of the page they wrote in blue ink: ‘Please go back and indicate where you cut and paste.’ The period was included,” Martínez wrote. “They assumed that the work I turned in was not my own. My professor did not ask me if it was my language, instead they immediately blamed me in front of peers.”

A large part of the professor’s argument hung on one word, ‘hence,’ according to Martínez’s post.

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“On the second page the professor circled the word ‘hence’ and wrote in between the typed lines, ‘This is not your word.’ The word ‘not’ was underlined. Twice,” Martínez recalled in her post. “My professor assumed someone like me would never use language like that. As I stood in the front of the class while a professor challenged my intelligence I could just imagine them reading my paper in their home thinking could someone like her write something like this?

Martínez then recalled how her professor challenged not just her paper, but her own intelligence.

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“It is worth repeating how my professor assumed I could not use the word ‘hence,’ a simple transitory word that connected two relating statements. The professor assumed I could not produce quality research,” Martínez argues.

“I am hurting because for a brief moment I believed them,” Martínez wrote.

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“At this moment, I am in the process of advocating for myself to prove the merit of my content to people who will never understand what it is like to be someone like me,” Martínez wrote. “Some of you won’t understand how every word that I use to describe this moment was diligently selected in a way that would properly reflect my intellect. I understand that no matter how hard I try or how well I write, these biases will continue to exist around me.”

But, instead of letting this experience distract her from her important work in academia, Martínez is using it as a rallying call.

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“The entire field of academia is broken and erases the narratives of people like me,” Martínez argues. “We all have work to do to fix the lack of diversity and understanding among marginalized communities. We all have work to do. Academia needs work.”

Read Martínez’s full post by clicking here.

READ: This Woman Proves Racism Stems From Pure Ignorance

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A Few People Were Hurt While Shooting Star Wars, But It Was Worth It, Says Diego Luna


A Few People Were Hurt While Shooting Star Wars, But It Was Worth It, Says Diego Luna


The U.S. release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is still over a month away, but November’s issue of Vanity Fair Mexico just gave fans some teasers straight from one of its stars, Diego Luna. Set between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope,” “Rogue One” focuses on the mission to capture the plans to the Death Star and deliver them to the Rebel Alliance. Without getting too far into spoiler territory, here are just a few bits Luna shared in his interview.

The special effects in “Rogue One” presented a real danger to the actors.



Following in the footsteps of “The Force Awakens,” many of the on screen explosions were done in real time, which caused several actors to suffer injuries on set. Diego was no exception, as he told Vanity Fair, “I took a lot of injuries. My chest still hurts a lot. There are some accidents that will actually end up in the final cut of the film.” Diego also explained that he damaged his cornea after debris became lodged in his eye. As a result, Luna ended up having to wear an eye patch during his final days on set.

“Rogue One” is full of easter eggs.


Though the story is set apart from the traditional “Star Wars” story arc, Diego – who plays Captain Cassian Andor – reassured Vanity Fair that “Rogue One” is “full of references, small tributes and characters that fall in this chronology of events.” We won’t be entirely sure what these tributes are until the movie is released, but the trailers, and the Offical “Rogue One” Instagram definitely offer several hints.

“Rogue One” is the most realistic portrayal of the “Star Wars” universe.


Diego explains that though “Rogue One” is based in a fantasy world, the movie is all about the drama of the people and their mission. “The characters are very similar to us,” Diego told Vanity Fair. “They are heroes with no powers. What they have is a conviction and desire to change reality.” No doubt, we’re definitely excited to see what a talented actor like Luna will bring to this movie.

The story is told from the point of view of its main female protagonist.


There are numerous websites devoted to uncovering exactly how Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso plays into the “Star Wars” universe, but one thing we know for a fact came from Diego: “The story in the movie is seen through the eyes of Jyn Erso.”

Also: If you want to read up more on Jyn’s potential “Star Wars” lineage, check out this link right here which might contain spoilers.

Even with his acting chops, Diego was surprised to get the role.


For fans of Diego, casting him in this role is a no-brainer, but as Diego told Vanity Fair, “I didn’t see it coming. I was so excited and I needed some time to relax and realize what happened.” The casting of Diego continues the trend of Star Wars bringing in actors from diverse backgrounds, which has always been part of the charm of Star Wars. In a universe where there’s an entire planet full of Ewoks, it’s definitely nice to see a few Latinos in the mix. mitú even covered the fact that Diego got to keep his real accent while playing Captain Cassian Andor. It’s a good time to be Latino, even if that time was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Be sure to check out the entire piece in November’s issue of Vanity Fair Mexico.

READ: This Diego Luna Commercial Is So Moving We Called Our Immigrant Parents After Watching It

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