Blog Response 1: Sep 4 (Week 2)

  • Read “Academia, Love Me Back,” by Tiffany Martínez
  • Write a 150-word min. response to Martínez’s argument.
  • Begin setting up your interviews. You’ll need two interviews from people who self-identify as part of a community that you belong to.
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22 thoughts on “Blog Response 1: Sep 4 (Week 2)

  1. Academia does need work. Society needs work. After reading “Academia, Love Me Back” by Tiffany Martinez, I have a better sensitivity to how somebody feels who is part of a minority. Tiffany made it very clear that her Professor miss judged her because his level of expectations of her were different than anyone else in the class. Her Professor marked off some things on her paper and said things like, “this isn’t your word” or “please go back and indicate where you cut and paste”. Tiffany was continuously made fun of and it brought her self confidence down. Although she knew how important it was for her to succeed, she knew she had to try extremely hard to overcome obstacles that came her way. I think it is very important to educate people that it is not appropriate to judge people based on their appearance and identity. It is crucial to remember that everyone should always be treated equally.

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  2. It’s a sad reality that people like Tiffany who appear differently and have a name which identifies them as being different from their peers struggle so much. They face challenges by the way they are treated and assumed to lack academic skills by both professors and peers. It’s problematic that a person of such intellect should feel that she must prove herself as an intellectual to others, while knowing that no matter how hard she may try, her appearance itself will never allow for her to fit in. It’s an assumption that because a person looks a particular way, he/she is obviously incapable of accomplishing anything to the same stature as an individual who has a similar appearance. Despite the fact that some of these people who are facing constant racial discrimination can find a way to push past it and defy what others think of them, the pain of what that person encountered, by being publicly humiliated as Tiffany was, will be everlasting. There are problems to be addressed, and until the problems within academia are resolved students will constantly be modeling the professors and deeming it appropriate to carry this attitude and perception of others of different racial groups into the world and spread the discrimination. Once the teachers learn to accept all kinds, the students can model them, but until then these actions are not good to learn from.

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  3. Martinez has the disadvantage when it comes to academics due to the way she looks and her name. Even though Martinez is a smart student and has done a lot of accomplishment, Martinez still feels like she is in a place where she isn’t safe. Martinez also feels like she is surrounded by people who do not want her to succeed. Martinez was assigned a literacy review, which is something that demands a lot of reading, analyzing, time and overall hard work. On her paper she wrote the word “Hence,” a word used to transition a sentence to the following sentence. The professor wrote on her paper “This is not your word,” assuming she has plagiarized or she was’t smart enough to be using “complex words.” I feel like that this has happen to her so many times that she simply had enough. She identifies as a Latina but also as an academic intellectual, but now it seems that the professor is denying her intellectual identity because she is Latina. She worked too hard for someone to accuse her of plagiarism because of her skin. I agree with her argument because this happens so much to color students that it blocks them from their true potential. Many teachers, instructors and professors make assumption and those assumptions can affect the student personally and academically. Martinez wants to become a professor but the professor looks down on her, questioning if she should become a professor. The sentence “This is not your word,” is simply insulting and implies that only the “upper class” or more fortunate students can use these fancy words. No one owns language and the way people look or who they are do not determine what words they can use.

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  4. After reading Tiffany Martínez’s argument, I am furious and disappointed. As a immigrant, I can not help thinking of how I used to encounter with discrimination. Although I am not a outstanding student as Martínez is, but I totally get the idea of not been treated fair. From this journal it shows that Tiffany Martínez is a excellent student scholar who has two jobs and full time student who is also on the Dean’s list. However, all her great effort and achievement got denied only because one word and her professor’s stereotypes. Which let me recall how many times in high school people questioning about my English score and how many times my classmate just assumed that I copied answer from someone else. I do not understand why does learning a language can be a good reason to mock with. Like in Tiffany Martínez’s professors’ action, it was disrespectful and judgmental, although there are tons of speech against stereotypes, but it still won’t prevent it in people’s mind.

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  5. In this word, a lot of people according to person’s surface and race to judge a person’s ability. In this passage, l think author want to tell the reader that not use your “Colored glasses” to deny a person. Maybe a lot of people will not dare to express their ideas bravely because of your doubts. And many people will have “teary eyes” like author because of your discrimination.Sometimes, l think the discrimination against a person may be just a word for you, but for those who are discriminated against, it may be a darkness denied by the whole world.But, when you encouraged other people, that person will definitely work hard because of your encouragement. In fact, discrimination is the unfairness of treating others, not only to let others be hurt, but also because you do not respect others and you are missing a good paper, a capable person. Over all, people should not discriminate because it will hurt a person’s self-confidence.

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  6. The feeling of not belonging has been part of the author, Tiffany Martínez’s life. Even though she has many achievements in her bag, such as having presented many conferences, it wasn’t “enough” to exclude her of the prejudices that for many people being part of the Latino community means. She has grown up hearing this biases in her classroom. Despite the fact that they are degrading the community she belongs to, she didn’t speak up because she feared that if she does that, it could become a disadvantage for her goal, which is to become a successful student. However, one day, after many years of trying to deal with the prejudices that cause her to feel “less than other people”, everything changed. For the first time, she felt really “disrespected and invalidated”. A teacher, after handing back her literature review, exclaimed in front of the class “this is not your language” and wrote in blue ink: “Please go back and indicate where you cut and paste”. On the second page of her paper, the professor circled the word “hence” and wrote, “This is not your word”. The professor came to a conclusion without even giving her the opportunity to “explain if it was her language”, so, a question arose, does being part of one specific community means that everyone is the same?. Even though we are living in a period that is considered as “advance”, it is undeniable that we still have to fight against some unfair thoughts that some people have of some communities. If we want to change this, each of us has a role to play. Each of us has to fight against it and that includes that as we are fighting, we also have to try to not to fall into what we are fighting against because it is also true that unconsciously we have stereotyped someone. We have to realize that biases have a big impact on us. I believe that the professor who based his corrections on a bias didn’t realize neither what he did nor the impact that it has brought to Martinez. Every time that Martinez sees the paper, immediately, makes her doubt about her own abilities because she sees it as a reflection of how other people see her. However, Martinez didn’t let that to become an obstacle; she has found an impulse to keep fighting against that unfair thought that people have created, and there are no better options than to take actions. Martinez will pursue a Ph.D. and will try to demonstrate what she is capable of. In the end, there is no stereotype that can really enclose a great number of people.

    I will like to comment that while reading Martinez’s post, it has made me realize two things; we all know that today, we are fighting against many things, one of them is how others opinions influence on our self-esteem and when we talk about this, we might be thinking mostly in how other see our physical appearance and at the same time in bullying. However, I believe, that there are just a few books or scholarly sources that categorize the assumptions that we make by basing on the others physical appearance as a kind of “bullying” and how it could affect those people. I also believe that it is ironic that even though everyone has heard the cliché quote that says “Everyone is unique”, and we certainly believe it, we still tend to stereotype. Don’t we believe that everyone is different? So, why do we still tend to enclose a particular thought in a big group of people?. We really got a lot of work to do.

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  7. In the reading “Academia, Love Me Back” by Tiffany Martínez, as a student of Suffolk University, she thinks that there are stereotypes around her in the school. People are biased with everyone who doesn’t look the same as you or those who look different than you. Not only are the students who are having the same class with her, but also the professor doesn’t think her intelligence matches her. However, when she confronts these suspicious, she understands all these kinds of phenomenon are not going to disappear completely, but at least let those know that she is outstanding. Once people doubt her, she attempts to work more diligently and be persistent to certificate her abilities and show what she is capable of achieving. She believes that when you get hurt, you should stay positive and encourage yourself to not give up and keep fighting. You are not going to be looked down at in the crowd, since you are working hard. This is a proper way to fight and stand up for yourself; the reality is not just to show who you are on the surface, and you can’t confirm a person by your first perception, but to also show who you really are. When you succeed, they will admit your successes and never discriminate against you and other races or have their judgements be clouded by their ignorance and stereotypes.

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  8. After reading “Academia, Love Me Back”, it made me recall a memory where I was judged by my English. As an immigrant, it’s common to come across hardships while learning English. I wasn’t able to speak fast during that time, I received comments such as “If you don’t know how to speak English, then don’t speak it.” It made me felt absolutely discouraged at that time, similar to Martínez—she has worked so hard on her paper but all she gets back is a cold and discouraging message. This also has accentuate how in today’s society, a person’s academic level is also influenced by simply how they look. In order to change everyone’s misconception about Martínez as well as removing the stereotype, she worked harder to prove that a person’s intelligence has nothing to do with their appearance. Lastly, Martínez portrayed a positive message to the readers which when comes to others doubting your ability, best to do is never doubt yourself.

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  9. In the reading, Tiffany Martínez was a college undergraduate student in Suffolk University and wanted to earn a PhD. However, there are stereotypes in her school. The professor gave back her paper and wrote “this is not your language” with blue ink on top of the page. Additionally, the professor circle the word “hence” claiming that it is “not” her word. The professor think that she copy the writing from some other places. This makes Martínez very sad because this really is her own word but the professor did not believe that a undergraduate college student will know and use this word. I felt very sad and angry for her. As a reader, I believe that the professor misunderstood her, not everyone is the same. People all have different cultural level, some people know a lot more than others. We cannot judge people by the way they look because sometimes they are better than you think they are. Why can’t a undergraduate student know the word “hence”? Just because other students don’t know this word? No, this kind of thinking was wrong. I think there should not be any discriminations or stereotypes between a professor and a student. They should learn from each other.

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  10. Despite the advances and degrees that Tiffany Martinez will earn throughout her life, it will never be enough. Due to factors that she can not control like her name and appearance, Martinez is instantly labeled in society as one that will never succeed. Constant stereotypes and generalizations are placed on Martinez that not only affect her levels of success in society but her overall confidence as well. She describes feeling debilitated and pain when falsely labeled by those around her. Martinez goes as far as expressing how she does not feel safe when she attempts to speak up against others that oppress her. Instead, Martinez has learned to repress her emotions to simply “function productively as a student”.
    A professor had accused Martinez of plagiarism. However, this was not true. Martinez in reality had submitted a work that was completely her own. She developed a well written literature review. Due to the high quality of her work, her professor could not fathom that someone with her background and appearance could generate such a thing. Martinez without being confronted first, was instantly blamed of “cut and paste”. She describes her frustration with certain restriction and labels placed on her and wonders when will she ever be enough to those in society around her. Martinez understands that biases will continue but it is up to her to continue to fight against them.

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  11. Tiffany Martinez is an intelligent women that has accomplished a lot in her life but is discriminated against by people because of the way she looks and her last name. I completely agree with her when she says “acedemia needs work” because nobody, even her teacher, should be able to tell her that she isn’t good enough to do something or make her think less of herself. The way that Tiffany’s peers and professors stereotype and refer to her community makes her feel like she is not as good as them. Her teacher had no right to assume that she “cut and paste” her work or isn’t smart enough to use the word “hence” in her literature review just because her last name is Martinez and looks different then the rest of the students. Also the phrase “this is not your work” is unprofessional and insulting to her. She is constantly trying hard to prove herself as good as them, when in reality she could even be better and more accomplished. The teacher made her feel invalid and almost made her believe the worst in herself but thankfully her experience motivated her to keep working towards becoming a professor. Tiffany says that in her grad school there isn’t that many people that will look like her and that lack of diversity is most likely caused by students losing confidence and giving up on themselves because someone told them they can’t handle school and they believed them. Someone, like Tiffany, that has presented at national conferences, been published before, and has many other accomplishments and degrees should never need to prove her intellect to anybody. It is unfair how society makes some people feel like they need to work harder than others to be treated the same and taken as serious as everyone else.

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  12. Its heartbreaking to say that in today’s society, people are so quick to stereotype others just from what skin color they have or how they look or dress. Tiffany Martinez was rudely stereotyped because of her background and her last name. Her professor believed that simply because she is Spanish that the terminology she used in a report was “copy and paste” from a different source. In America, school is a huge chunk of our lives. I am 18 years old and I’m in my thirteenth year of schooling with who knows how many years left. Since the year of 2000, I’ve spent roughly about sixty seven percent of my entire life in an education system. I somewhat understand how Tiffany feels, if my authentic work was discredited and critisized simply off stereotypes about my appearance, I would be VERY UPSET. To put in all of that hard work just to have someone tell you that you took it from somewhere else is very shameful. Tiffany argued at the end of her piece, “Academia needs work”. I believe it does too.

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  13. Despite how modern the world seems to progress, there are always going to be people who assume and/or discriminate; whether it has to do with gender, age, race, or sexual orientation. When one hears the name Tiffany Martinez, the emphasis is on the last name which normally points out ones race. Academia is a supposedly safe environment in which students have the freedom to obtain an education without being criticized or wronged for their presence there. Are white people the only ones that can have a vast vocabulary? Is it impossible for someone of another race to write an essay that has strong quality or be deemed worthy? In the case of Tiffany Martinez it clearly is. It’s offensive for a student to just make an attempt at doing an assignment and giving it their all while someone who is their far superior judges their work because they might not be a”worthy” of having such a high quality writing piece. Most students in her situation would have listened to their teacher and stayed up rewriting their essay to fit the “correct” standards, but what differentiates Tiffany Martinez is that she didn’t focus on the teachers writing assignment but instead created her own. Her writing assignment consisted of an inspirational message in which she illustrates what being a culturally diverse student in academia involves.

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  14. Martinez’s argument to fight against racism of the academia is imperative to undergraduates in the campus nowadays. Martinez’s the attitude towards the discrimination has changed from the negative torture to the positive struggle. The event that caused Martinez’s reflection upon the racism is that Professor publicly criticized her paper and thought she could not use the world “hence”. Then Martinez realized that swallowing the pain only lead to self-doubt for her capabilities. She understood that fighting against the social norm is necessary.

    I strongly agree with Martinez’s argument. No matter how hard-working you try to be, the atmosphere surrounding you takes an active role in your own accomplishment and award. When we find out our internal efforts cannot decide the success, we must struggle with the social norms surrounding us. The second point is nobody can be suspicious of your own success except yourself. Regardless of biases and self-doubts, we try our best to gain success defined by ourselves. Having an independent opinion and advocating for ourselves can make us keep conscious of what we really need to do.

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  15. l felt very sorry about the author’s encounter. Since the author is a Latino, She need continue to examine herself while others look at her with weird eyes. She has a strong self-respect, she is not willing to be treated with colored glasses at all times because of the title of a nation. She earned her achievement through her own efforts and desired to get the affirmation and recognition and encouragement from others, but the fact is all her achievements are menial in her appearance and in the identity of a Latino. One word, a simple transitory that connected two relating statements, denies all her efforts for this dissertation. Maybe for that professor or for most native student, they don’t understand about the author unbeknown hardship, but as an immigrant l can understand the author’s feeling. Sometimes we just need a word of encouragement let us keep fighting. Although people have been fighting racial discrimination throughout history, racial discrimination still exists in this society. The existence of anyone has his unique significance whether the black, the white, Asian or Latino……We should cherish everyone’s thoughts and treasure any hard-won achievement. Reducing prejudice against different ethnic groups.

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  16. After I finish reading this article “Academia, Love Me Back” by Tiffany Martínez , As a immigrant like Tiffany Martínez I felt very disappointed to our Academia society,because discrimination become to a very serious problem and its still exist. In the article Tiffany Martínez is a very intelligent women who has a lot of the accomplishments. unfortunately she is not confidence enough not only because that she feels like she is surrounded by people who do not want her to succeed but also discrimination. People in her school is treating her very differently,For example because she has different identity from others ,when she use a high level education word on her work. her professors miss judge her work by assume she plagiarized others work. so Tiffany Martínez is trying to prove that even people who has different identity they still can do very well or even better. finally she did . she have presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami.
    over all . I think discrimination should be stop. we should not judge others because of the skin color or race.

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  17. As unfortunate as it may seem to be, I believe that we live in an ‘imperfect’ society that Tiffany Martínez seems to describing. The whole concept of this word “race” and how people use it towards differentiating against one another has always been apart of society. We’ve seen it used in the past starting off with older civilizations and how people viewed other, and ever since slowly make its way up to the modern era. I firmly agree with Tiffany Martínez in her final statement that ” Academia needs work”, but also believe that what she wants in change for the academic world should also be translated outside. Judging someone within an academic environment based off appearance, and using how they look as an excuse to prove intelligence is morally unjust. For the professor to exclaim to Tiffany Martínez how a word/phrase ‘didn’t belong to her’ is simply so wrong to do, and to even make mention of it not to being used by people of her profile/status. I believe as a community, people need to come together and dismiss the idea of profiling someone negatively and co-exist peacefully. But its of course only easier said than done… unfortunate to here someone undergo this circumstance, but its only right for Tiffany Martínez to use this as her “fuel to the fire” to accomplish her ultimate goal.

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  18. Kynard would relate and most likely empower and encourage Martinez to speak up against those who oppress her. Considering that both faced injustices against their own work by white people, they may feel the need to speak up for their rights and abilities. Both have a common goal, to stop biases against them for factors that they can not control. Therefore, Kynard would stand behind Martinez to not let “white expectations” limit her academic freedom and to keep her voice heard.

    Angel
    Genesis

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  19. We believe Dr. Kynard would understand Martinez’s situation because they both went through the same type of thing. Dr. Kynard was a highly renowned professor that has academic freedom in her classroom, but a male professor of a different race still assumed that he had the authority to not let her teach how she wanted to. Tiffany Martinez had many accomplishments but even so, was still questioned about her writing. No matter how much the minority or oppressed try, they will always feel oppressed.

    Christina Konstantinou
    Esty Awendstern
    David Novoa
    Areti

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  20. Both authors seem to have a similar idea of racial intimidation that seems to be going on within society and many education systems. Due to this they both agree that racial profiling regarding students diminishes their attitude and confidence in many ways. Erroll and Adam

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  21. Kynard would sympathize Martínez and be on her side. This is because Kynard thinks writing should be diverse but Martinez isn’t getting that attention instead she’s getting doubts from her professor due to her appearance.

    Martínez said that she always hide her feelings, she never against her professor, but Kynard said never give up who are, speak up for yourself.

    I think Kynard might response to Martinez’s post in this way: “You should not give up who you are…, on the contrary,you have to take who you are even more seriously”, because Martínez at some point feared to show her true feelings.

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  22. After reading Martínez and Carmen Kynard’s article, there are many discriminations to those people who are non-native. Those people should instead on freedom of speech. In Kynard’s article, she used black language as a Afrcan American woman in her syllabus, however there were a white man disagree with her culture. Kynard would told Martínez to keep writing as her own style.

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