“On the second page the professor circled the word ‘hence’ and wrote in between the typed lines ‘This is not your word,’” Martínez wrote. “The word ‘not’ was underlined. Twice. My professor assumed someone like me would never use language like that.”
A few days later, Kelly publicly addressed the incident and said it indicated the university’s initiatives toward inclusion hadn’t gone far enough.
“There is more we can do. The most immediate action we are working to organize is a microaggression training session for each academic department in the University,” she said.
The university’s sociology department also launched an investigation into the incident Martínez alleged in her viral blog post.
I had a teacher in college file paperwork against me for plagiarism once. It took weeks to prove that I had, in fact, written the paper she decided I hadn’t written, and her opinion was based off of something similar. Only she claimed I wasn’t capable of writing the way the paper was written.
She’d never seen a sample of my writing before, outside of the college newspaper. And newspapers are written in a style to cater to the dumbest 1% who might pick it up. So yes, my paper was written a lot differently than my news articles for the newspaper (I wasn’t writing editorials, I was a reporter back then).
Before I got angry and began demanding retraining or the teacher’s job, I took this into account. She based her idea on this completely on what she knew of me – my writing for the newspaper. I didn’t assume she took her opinion from my gender. I didn’t assume a micro-aggression – it wasn’t a word when I was in college. What she knew of my writing was vastly different from what I had handed her. My proof that the paper was mine included my notes, my sources (which she already had), and two professors who had had me in their classes more than twice (one professor had had me in his class 14 times) and could vouch for my non-reporter writing style.
Had this student ever used a word like “hence” in a paper or in speech before? Because if you usually use words that are a third grade level and suddenly hand in a paper with words like “hence,” the teacher is going to ask questions. And at the end of the day, it is on you to prove you deserve your grade.
Ya know, I went to a high school graduation today. As I sat there listening to student after student come up and tell everyone how great they were in a ceremony that lasted about 2 hours more than it should have considering the minuscule size of the class, I realized this was yet another generation of snowflakes heading into the world of academia, where they would continue to be coddled and told they are special. This class was even snowflakeyer than we are used to. The next few years are going to look like the above article. And worse.
God help us all.