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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 Viciously Racist Video Has Gone Viral In Which Two Girls Call For The Return Of Slavery And The KKK

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A Viciously Racist Video Has Gone Viral In Which Two Girls Call For The Return Of Slavery And The KKK

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Another day, another racist video uploaded to the Internet. In the latest bigoted clip to go viral, two young white women from Illinois chant about how much they hate Black people and call for the return of slavery.

On Saturday, Springfield, Illinois, resident Gabbi Goldsborough posted a video on Facebook of friends Macy Castleman and Jayde Landers going on a wild rant about their deep hatred toward Black people. The 10-second clip, a screengrab of another video posted August 9 or 10 on Snapchat by user Sam Stieren, shows the women outdoors calling for a return to the times when Black folk were not considered human and were enslaved and brutalized. 

“We hate n*****s,” the pair say in unison.

Castleman, who appears in the video wearing a dark-color hoodie, added: “They smell. They don’t work. So we should bring back slavery to whip them n*****s. Bring back the KKK! Wooooo!”

Landers, who is seen in a light-color sweatshirt, then says, “Shh. People like Black people sometimes.”

The video, as can be expected, has validly angered many on the Internet.

“Love how people sit around and act like racism isn’t still a thing. Macy Castleman and Jayde Landers, you have a lot of explaining to do,” Goldsborough writes in her video post on Facebook. “You can say it’s an inside joke or think it’s funny, but it’s not.”

Along with the clip, the young woman, who is biracial, also published private chats she had with Castleman, which shows her unapologetic about video and calling it a joke that she doesn’t have much recollection of.

“That was like three years ago and, if I’m being honest, I don’t remember that at all,” Castleman responds when Goldsborough inquires about the contents of the video through a Snapchat message.

After Goldsborough calls it “fucked up,” Castleman gets defensive. 

“I have Black people in my family. Clearly, I don’t feel that way … so you can chill. Also, it was an inside joke with my best friend. But feel however you want about it,” she says.

While the video’s timestamp shows it was posted last week, it could have been recorded previously and added to Snapchat as a “throwback” or “memory” more recently.

In her post, Goldsborough points out that the timing of the recording is nonessential; what the young women say in the video is what’s damning.

“Honestly, I don’t care when you said it. I don’t care if you said it five years ago. The N-word still came out of your mouth, and there’s no excuse. Period. On behalf of my Black side, we’re hurt and so disappointed people still think and believe this,” she said, adding that if Castleman’s claims of having Black relatives are true, they would be really disappointed in her.

In addition to the public outcry, both Castleman and Landers are beginning to also face real-life repercussions for their racist rant. 

Castleman, who is seen in the video yelling most of the vile commentary, has been fired from her job at an assisted living facility. On Facebook, the Concordia Village and Lutheran Senior Services addressed the video and their former employee’s involvement twice. 

In a post made on Monday, they announce that Castleman was dismissed.

“A disturbing video posted on a personal social media account by a former employee over the weekend has come to our attention. We are disappointed by the personal views expressed by this former employee and regret the adverse attention it has brought upon our community. We have addressed the situation with the employee according to our personnel policies and that individual is no longer employed by Concordia Village or Lutheran Senior Services,” they wrote.

When commenters asked if the company had fired Castleman, they responded that they had.

Both institutions where the women attend, or were previously registered in, have also commented on the videos.

Auburn High School, where Sanders is a senior, made a brief statement on its Twitter account.

“The behavior of the two individuals in the video does not represent the views of our school or our community – what we teach or how we act in our school. There are policies and procedures in place, which will be followed for any students involved,” the school noted in the statement made on Sunday.

One community member, Eileen P McLaughlin, isn’t satisfied. She suggested that the teen be suspended or expelled, noting that not giving the young woman consequences to her actions would leave a “dark stain on your school.”

The Auburn Community Unit School District #10 said it has started an investigation into the video but indicated that the process has been difficult because the video was released publically while school is still on summer break.

Similarly, Lincoln Land Community College, the school where Castleman was enrolled as a nursing student, posted a statement on Sunday to their Facebook.

“In light of a situation brought to the attention of the college administration, I would like to assure our community that Lincoln Land Community College is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from all forms of harassment and discrimination,” President Dr. Charlotte Warren on Sunday. “LLCC values diversity. We respect and celebrate the differences among people, cultures and ideas. We recognize the inherent dignity and worth of everyone throughout the college community. We promote a safe and inclusive environment for all.” 

Warren added: “… If this situation involved a current student at LLCC, then it would be investigated and adjudicated per the policies and procedures of the College.”

Both Castleman and Landers have either set their social media to private or deactivated their accounts.

Read: Two Racist Florida Women Are Caught On Video Telling A Puerto Rican Man To ‘Go Back To Mexico’ If He Wants To Speak Spanish

A Minority Woman Told A Former Doctor Working At 7-Eleven To ‘Go Back’ Where He Came From

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A Minority Woman Told A Former Doctor Working At 7-Eleven To ‘Go Back’ Where He Came From

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In the three years since Donald Trump became president of the U.S., more and more racist people feel entitled to demand strangers to speak English only, and not their native tongue. They know they’ll be recorded. They know it will be seen by millions on social media, and they know they’ll be outed. And they don’t care. As we said, they have no shame. This latest case of racist outburst is particularly interesting because it is not a white person shouting like a crazy person (we know, very surprising), but a fellow minority. What the heck?!

A woman of Indian descent told a Latino to “go back where you came from” at a 7-Eleven in Florida.

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The incident began this week when a woman with “a thick Middle-Eastern accent” began berating a 7-Eleven employee because she charged her getting two Big Gulp cups. The aggressor was there to redeem items with her rewards card, but not all of the items she was getting as part of the deal, the Miami-Herald reports. 

When the 7-Eleven clerk charged her for the extra items, that is when she lost it. 

“Latinos, you suck!! You’re not educated enough! Go back to where you came from! We don’t want you here,” the woman said directly into the camera. 

But with so much irony to her statement, the 7-Eleven clerk fired back brilliantly. He told her, “You’re not American, either.”

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Now we’re not supporting anyone telling someone else they’re not American. However, minorities should be supporting each other through these tense and chaotic times in the U.S., not pile on the racism. 

The clerk told the woman, “welcome to America, where you have to pay for things you buy.”

The woman would not stop with the insults and then told the man that his mom was a “Colombian prostitute.”

This lady has no idea who she’s speaking to and would be very surprised to know that the 7-Eleven clerk was a former doctor.

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According to Telemundo, the 7-Eleven clerk is Manoreys Rojas Hernández, and that he used to work as a doctor, but he defected from a mission of the Cuban government to Ecuador in order to reach the United States. The Spanish network also adds that he has worked at 7-Eleven for quite some time while his daughter is still in Cuba. He has not seen her for four years. He tried to visit her in Cuba, but the government did not allow him to enter the island. 

The woman had the nerve to come back again the following day.

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We guess she had not had enough of provoking a confrontation, so she returned to the 7-Eleven and tried to buy cigarettes before the clerk asked her to leave. 

She proceeded to insult his mother again and called her a “Colombian prostitute”…again. We guess she’s both out of derogatory names and has something against Colombian women. 

A local news station tried to reach out to the 7-Eleven clerk but reported back that he went on vacation. 

While the racist phrase “go back where you came from” isn’t anything new, it has for a lack of a better term, made a comeback this summer thanks to Trump. 

On July 14, Trump attacked four Democratic congresswomen of color by telling them in three separate tweets that they should go back where they came from.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly,” he tweeted, “and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

The tirade of words has propelled countless of other racists to spew the hateful phrase to many. One quick Google search will show you just how bad it is out there. 

Watch the full altercation below!

READ: Can Someone Please Tell This Racist Woman Having A Meltdown And Screaming At A Boricua How U.S. History Works?

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