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

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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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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