Monday, October 31, 2016

‘Not Your Language’: How a Classroom Interaction Led a Student to Speak Out on Microaggressions

After Tiffany C. Martínez, a sociology major at Suffolk University in Boston, was called out in front of her senior seminar and accused of copying parts of an assigned literature review, she voiced her frustration in a blog post titled, "Academia, Love Me Back."

For Ms. Martínez the phrase uttered by her professor, "This is not your language," wasn’t just a comment about potential plagiarism, it was a microaggression — a comment about her identity as a Latina.

"As I stood in the front of the class while a professor challenged my intelligence," Ms. Martínez wrote in the post, "I could just imagine [the professor] reading my paper in their home thinking, Could someone like her write something like this?"

Read more from The Chronicle from Higher Education here.

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