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My racist experience with a college professor of engineering

Updated on September 29, 2013

The college experience-

I had an experience in college that really threw me off quite a bit, and it was with a college professor, who gave one of my term papers a grade of C. This was truly unfair in my opinion at the time and so I went to him, to discuss his reasoning to why he graded me so low.

The actual truth to the matter was, he told me that he gave me such a low grade because he felt that I had copied (Plagiarized) the works of the original author. So he then proceeded to tell me that there was no way that I could have written that paper, because I am a black person. I was literally blown away by his explanation to me, and quite frankly I almost shattered into tears, but I held my composure and regained myself.

After gathering myself I began to prepare mentally for an assault in worded form like no other to take a defensive stance. I also thought to myself at the same time, what would positively result from such a retaliation towards a college professor. So then I refrained from doing so I swallowed my pride, and I told him all about the research I had done to write the paper, as to defend myself against his wrongful grading, and done so as a much wiser approach to the accusation of plagiarism by him & ignoring the other part but I didn't forget.

Amazingly I believe from the manner and tone of my voice, my word choice and usage, it must have changed something in his train of thought. He simply began to look in disbelief at the fact that I was speaking in such an intelligent way back towards him as a response, and the fact that I had truly knew my stuff since I had intensively researched it like all students are taught to do.

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Defining Moments on campus

This moment of my life was a defining moment, when I had stared racism dead in the face as I heard my professors lips say what he did. It literally blew me away (I was shocked), because he knew right then and there that he had made a grave mistake when he learned of my intellectual ability and overall scholarly aptitude just by mere speech.

Now at that time it was the year 1996, and racism or prejudice was actually against the law in the classroom, as well as in the workplace in the United States. The incident occurred at Manhattan College (Located in Riverdale, New york), and for the record never was brought to any officials there, we handled and resolved the potentially heated situation as grown men, and student to faculty member.

So in other words, he could have been in a pool of trouble by admitting to me the true reason behind his lowering of my true grade, if I had chose to turn him in, but I didn't because two wrongs don't make a right. (I learned that from my beautiful mother)

What had happened shortly after was, he immediately went to his grade books, and began looking for my info and student credentials. Then he proceeded to re-mark my grade entirely for that powerful term paper I had written, and he handed me back my term paper with an A++ written on it,

He told me that it was by far the best paper he has ever read by that of any college student, and he apologized to me in such a way that I had no other alternative but to forgive him.

He then complimented me on writing such a fine detailed and well written term paper, and soon walked with me out of his office. This was the first day I had ever come to terms with the indifference, and the unfairness that had caused me to believe that our race issues could never be cured, between black people and white people. Something changed for us two on that day, he and I had matured somehow in a different way, when he looked me in the eye and I felt that he knew I was an intelligent person, and the lord knows I truly deserved to be treated right just like any good student should for a change.

As I was leaving his office that day, a smile that I held inside when he was speaking to me, had simply lit up my cheek from ear to ear, because at the very moment real justice was served & without a fight and in some sort of weird way victory became ours, that means us both. We both learned something on that day besides myself just feeling great about the grade change, and how it all turned out.

He learned that a persons race, national origin or color holds no bearings on a persons intelligence, and also the fact of my remaining humble despite the potential feelings of animosity or quarreling towards one another, if I had in fact decided to retaliate negatively with ignorance or worse. All of this was the turning point in our dilemma, of sorts and had played a huge role is such a victory for us both.

Hear it from those who truly feel the indifference many of us suffer

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What I learned-

I learned a great deal that day, that its intelligence, a more positive attitude in talking to people, as well as having a stronger grip or active usage of the English language that will help a person gain much more respect when it comes to issues of involving race or that of the color of ones skin, because how else could I have over turned his decision. Ironically though, I had also learned a whole lot from reading the Narrative life of Frederick Douglass (By using his self taught education he freed himself from slavery) in English class, and not even a few months prior to the racial incident with the professor. I learned that to resolve such issues between people of differing backgrounds takes mind power, love of self, as well as utmost forgiveness when its all said and done.

The professor was actually an ethics professor of Engineering of all things, and so maybe that's why he was so judgmental on me, but that still didn't give him the right to pull the race card though. This difficult life experience actually happened during the first semester of my junior year of civil engineering.

Life is definitely tough even without racism in its midst, but when people learn to unite from all races, classes, and creeds, the entire experience of this beautiful utopia known as planet earth, tends to become a much more pleasant and enjoyable one indeed.

Silent Racism - Inner compass is a powerful discussion and a must see for those looking to learn how to diffuse it all


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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Yes indeed @RunningDeer it was just 16 years ago, and I was quite shocked myself, but I learn to never underestimate the likes of anyone, and during any moment in time, because you just never know what's hiding deep down within.

      Thanks for the visit, and the cool vote up I truly appreciate the kind gesture, and its also nice to meet you on hubpages, I'll see you soon in your hubs.

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      RunningDeer 5 years ago from Iowa

      Wow. What an experience. I can't believe he did that to you. '96 wasn't that long ago, and that should never have happened. Props to you for responding back in an efficient manner. I don't know if I could have done the same. Voted up.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @klarawieck, Yes indeed god has a great deal to do with everything in life, even though everyone doesn't believe in him. I do, and I thank god for giving me the inner strength to do the right thing on that day with the professor.

      Thanks for paying my hub here some love, I'll check out your hubs soon too.

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Although uncomfortable, it's a good thing that this happened. God has a way of putting people in our lives to teach us a lesson. In this case, you had to show up in this man's life to teach him about respecting the individual underneath the colored skin. You handled the situation beautifully. Good for you!

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Hey marcoujor, Good morning to you, ok I'll go check it right away, thanks.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning, Mike...

      I sent you an e-mail. Your interview will be fabulous! Have a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs, Maria

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Your welcome @marcoulor, Yes indeed I will be patiently awaiting that cool moment of the interview indeed. Until then, have a good one & thanks again for returning a providing yet another awesome comment.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a very gracious response... thank you so much, Mike!

      You will make an amazing professor and I will look forward to hearing of your endeavors towards this dream.

      Take your time with the catch-up reading... we are all on overload/ busy.

      I will be in touch very soon and I am thrilled at your willingness to participate in my series. TTYS, Maria

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      @marcoujor, I'm definitely up for an interview, just inbox me whenever your ready, and we can start. I truly appreciate your kindness, and I'm so happy you've located me on hubpages as well by reading and viewing this hub.

      I hope our new found friendship as fellow hubbers can grow in due time, I will definitely repay the favor for sure and pay your hubs a visit.

      I actually have a goal to become a professor one day, and I am honored to be in your presence, because I know that is a grand achievement.

      Thank you again for the raving review you left me up above, and I can only wait till the day of the interview to fully express my truest gratitude towards you for doing so. Its always nice to meet new people, and you definitely seem like a genuinely kind woman. Chat with you soon.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Mike,

      I have selected a helluva introduction to your writing. You have blown me away on so many levels...

      I am a University professor (Nursing) and I am saddened and appalled at the incident you have described.

      I teach many types of classes but my passion is Holistic Nursing, where we give of ourselves to the patients we serve. Our self-care throughout life is ever so important and we deserve to be treated with respect, fairness and even love, at home. We have the right to stand up for ourselves when teachers, supervisors, anyone really infringes...

      I tell my students that I indeed learn something from them in every class. Please be assured that, even if you never get acknowledgement (other than that well-deserved A++), you have indeed taught this Instructor a life lesson... assumptions about anything in life are just plain wrong.

      Your Mom sounds so awesome... I love how she influences you. Wow, that will carry you through life when you least expect it.

      I am proud to be your new friend. Would 'love' to get to know you in a rather public (hee-hee, interview) way. Lemme know if that is in any way appealing!

      Voted UP & UABI-- Have a great weekend. Hugs, Maria

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Hi @Gypsy Rose Lee, I only did what had seemed right to do at the time, because if I had retaliated.

      Who knows how it would have all went, the entire course of my destiny was sealed up into how that moment in time was to turn out for me, and I see it today as it was a test that god has delivered me out of pretty much by me making wiser decision.

      We both stood victorious though for sure that day, because I don't think it was his fault for thinking the way he did, it was just an end result of his training he had received as a child himself, and the remnant's of a once effectively thriving rich system of hatred that was pre-installed into many innocent victims mindsets, of our triumphant time periods in America History and that of the world as well.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Hi Cyndi10 thanks for checking out my hub here, yes many of us have had very similar difficult altercations, and life experiences for sure.

      I'm just glad my mom taught me how to handle myself when I was much younger, and in dealing with those who may be perceived as misunderstood individuals when it came to such things.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for returning once again @Pagesvoice, your experiences as a child were definitely rough to deal with, mainly because children are very vulnerable, and innocent.

      I to been through a great deal of incidents as a child, and many of them was dealing with my own family members, and people in my neighborhood I had grew up in in the Bronx, and also many differing schools I had been to as a child.

      At one point I simply decided not to allow such occurrences to influence my behavior or my mode and train of thought, even when my mom was trying to convince me all about certain people who appeared to hate her at work at times.

      I simply refused to get my mind bogged down, and wanted to have my own experiences, rather then go by hers, or that of someone else.

      I totally understand your difficulty you were dealing with for sure.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Hello Rahul my dear friend, we all go through the spin cycle in life, I call it. When things don't seem right for us, and one moment it goes from everything being quite alright, and then to the next when it just all seems to be turned upside down.

      The good thing though is that if you maintain, and keep your cool throughout it all, you stand to land on your feet when all the spinning ceases, and may actually gain a much more concrete hold on your mental surfaces, then that of your peers, whom of which may be to blame for all the spinning you've experienced in the first place.

      Somehow I knew this notion back then, because we all are human, none of us are perfect beings, and so if we simply look at life from a standpoint outside of ourselves its much easier to gauge such an experience, and to come to a more logical conclusion.

      This is what I do today actually and 16 years later ever since that incident back in college. I try my hardest to use precognitive intuition mostly though, to diffuse anything I'm to confront, which means to see ahead of time what is on approach by means of over viewing many things, and learning about as much as you can possibly absorb before and after each experience, which stands to leave you on top each time.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. You sure took your stand Mike as well as you should have done. What an ignorant professor I'm sure glad you changed his way of thinking and quickly. If only everyone's mind could be changed just as quickly everywhere and once and for all we could get rid of racism entirely.

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello CloudExplorer, well done on all fronts, including the way you worked things out with the professor. I had that to happen to me in high school with my English Lit teacher. Racism is ugly and so limiting for everyone. Good writing. Voted up.

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      Dennis L. Page 6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Even though I responded previously to this post, I just feel so strongly about your experience I needed to write one more reply. A couple of years ago I had an African American head nurse tell me racism was hiding just below the surface in North Carolina. The reason she mentioned this to me was due to the fact my mother had passed away in a nursing home there and I had asked her opinion about a funeral home I was considering. She looked me in the eyes and said, "Oh, you don't want to go there because that is a black funeral home." I was shocked at her comment and told her we would never say anything like that in New York. I guess that is one of the invisible lines drawn in the sand.

      I have also written about America's Racism and it touches upon my own experiences as a small northern boy visiting Georgia in the late 1950s. I knew even then how evil and wrong hatred was and subconsciously made a pact with myself that I would never act the way the people did to me (as a white boy) back in the days of the Old South.

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      Jessee R 6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Such are the experiences which make a man my friend...

      I am honored to be your friend... for you are above violence and irrational terrain of thought... Instead you laid down the proof of your hard earned accolade in front of those who did not believe you and changed the entire course of action from then on... Such calibre is possessed by stalwarts and leaders...

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Hello @Vellur, its nice to have you visit here at my corner of hubpages, and thanks for the follow.

      Yes indeed, about the rights and wrong thing, that professor was still a good man though in my book, and in no way was I trying to dehumanize him, or criminalize his image here, he was an upstanding teacher & instructor of engineering ethics, as well wonderfully kind person even though he had made such a horrible mistake.

      It was quite unfortunate that he had that inhibition in him to not grade me for my actual term papers true value the first time.

      I guess he was blown away too after hearing me speak, to then have the thoughts materialize, as to the fact that it was actually possible for an African American male to be able to write so legibly & intelligibly.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      @MicheleFrazier, thanks for truly digging into my hub and for being so kind to share it for me as well. I just hope the message gets as far as it can reach, so more folks can stop being so ignorant, and mature up a bit to be fair with one another, and to spread the love more and more.

      Its love the world needs today and in a huge way, to help us all solve most of our social issues between differing walks of life, if others can write more about such subjects maybe it will begin to work much more effectively.

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      Nithya Venkat 6 years ago from Dubai

      You are right two wrongs don't make a right. It is admirable the way you handled yourself. The teacher must be really ashamed of himself. It was magnanimous of you to let it go. It was a real victory for you.

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      MicheleFrazier 6 years ago from Texas

      What a beautiful story! I was bracing myself for the worse because there are still so many people in this world that are racists-even in this day and age when we should be well beyond such ridiculous and hateful beliefs. Thank you for sharing! :)

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      @yoginijoy, I must agree that the faculty at times are the ones who may need to do a little learning as opposed to that of the teaching.

      I didn't really teach him though something he didn't already know, which is being fair to others and I'm sure he knew that part oh so very well as a college professor.

      I guess he must of felt kind of bad after the fact of him being so wrong, but he made up for it in the end by apologizing to me, and by boosting my confidence a great deal with his complimenting of my written works thereafter, which he really didn't need to do, but he did anyhow. This was an honorable thing to do indeed despite the fact that he had already torn down my pride initially with his words of pure honesty.

      I commend that professor for doing the right thing towards me thereafter, and for being totally honest with me, this is the other reason why I decided to diffuse my anger towards him and just because of receiving a much better grade, and so I walked away like I had just won a boxing match and was given the world class belt as the heavy weight champ of the ring or something, I know I felt good and his mental wounds must have healed as well of feeling a bit guilty.

      Thanks for your wonderful comment, for sharing, gift of peace you left for me here, God bless!

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      @Emmyboy, Yes it's a mess, there is always something to gain by doing the right thing in life, and remaining positive is key in all situations, including that of conflict resolution. Thanks for the visit and for reading, and the cool comment.

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      yoginijoy 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Great hub! I am so happy that you were able to teach by example to this individual that needed your compassion. It is sad that you as the student were in the position of teacher, but sometimes that happens in life. I have had to come "to the rescue" several times for my Latino/a students for similar situations in the past. I take the challenge like you did, it is a "teaching moment", although again, those that need to learn sadly,many times are the ones in power: the administrators and professors.

      GREAT TOPIC! Thank you for sharing your experience because this too is a wonderful way to teach us all. Peace!

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      Emmyboy 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Racism is just craziness!

      I am glad both of you learned so much each other's experience that day.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Hi @Shea duane, yes indeed he did learn his lesson on that day, but I'm not sure how far it went, but I do know his thoughts on yet one person of color had been changed on that very day.

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      Wow, I hope he learned the lesson and carried that lesson into his interactions with other students.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Yet another great comment by you @shiningirisheyes, your essence shines with every word you write, and it will penetrate any form of villainous hatred one could muster up towards another.

      Thank you for standing up to that crummy dude in the store, and for being courageous today, because not everyone would have the guts to do so.

      That's the other thing that had occurred in the past I'm sure, where to many people just let it all happen without being courageous enough to stand their ground as to what they knew was inherently wrong to begin with, when it came to such worded or even physical abuses as you've mentioned here as racism tends to lash out and deliver.

      More power to your ability to do and say what's right, and thanks for the positive vibes you rendered to me. As the author of these words, I am quite honored by your presence.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Racists harbor it out of fear and self loathing. They do not have the self image others hold and for that, they want to destroy it. I share your views that naorrow-minded and extremely dangerous racists are losing the battle. It is a great world where I am standing in line at the grocery store, overhear a terribly rude conversation with racial tones, and stepping out of line to confront them, four other strangers are right there with me. I cherish the look on that poor excuse for a human beings face when he so ignorantly realized he was in a bad situation. I say ignorantly because only someone with his small brain would immediately assume we would handle him as he would have liked to have handled us. Educated people can cut someone down with words and it makes a far better impression than physical actions. If we had resorted to that, we would have been just like him.

      You keep going in your part of this world, I'll continue in mine as I am sure so many other open minded individuals on this site will too. We, together can follow the impressive, educated and upstanding gentleman who wrote this.

      As my Dad would have said, you are a true gentleman and a scholar and I am proud.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      My dear friend, pagesvoice, even though I have just met you on hubpages for the first time I still consider you a friend of mine. Even though we never ever met in person I still consider you to be my brother in the like of the almighty as well.

      I do know not everyone believes in God, but I truly do feel he is here with us and helping guide us through whatever bad or wrongful decision mankind chooses to make on his own thoughtless unjustifiable causes.

      Please don't give up hope on humanity, if we all can pray with one another for such a change to take place as an entire globe, the chance for unification and letting go of differences all these years many of us have been harboring can potentially occur on a global scale.

      It definitely a slight a chance for it to happen, and I will have hope for both of us that it will even occur before you and I pass on to the after life, if in fact there is one for us all.

      Thank you for your honesty, for your honorable words and yes college professors and teachers are still human beings, and we all are truly imperfect indeed. I forgive all those who have trespassed me, you, and us all of us whomever has been even victimized just a single time or several.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      @shiningirisheyes, your words are quite kind and make me feel as if you've been through a great deal of struggle as well in life. I know things aren't perfect at all in humanity, but there are people like us who can grow to see a better way to make things in life happen.

      Positivity is what I sense here from each and every hubber who've chosen to read this hub and comment, and all I can think of is the possibility of us all coming together and making a world of a difference for others everywhere, and pretty much hubpages stands for such unity.

      Our words do make a difference today, and this comment section here is public testimony that humanity has definitively changed.

      Amazing is all I can think any further on that note about the hubpages community here, and I would like to thank you for being courageous enough to share with me your own words of wisdom as well on what you feel racism is, and encouragement towards my hub here that I've chosen to write.

      One thing I know for sure is that its losing the battle worldwide, and definitely losing its grips with people who use to harbor it the most. May god bless us all.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      @Happyboomernurse , wow!

      Your comment is by far one of the most insightful and thoughtful comments I have ever read by any hubber period, actually it is the best thus far, yikes.

      You have shown to me that you have grown to truly understand the difficulty I have faced in each and every aspect, and you also shown your empathy.

      For this I have no other alternative but to shower your hubs with as many visits as possible, mainly because of this deep insight into the true spirit of my hub here that you've so selflessly provided and quite naturally as well.

      This goes to show who you really are behind the screen and in person, and I hope to one day meet you in person so I can actually thank you, by giving you a all intense friendly hub. Man some people here definitely know how to make a guy feel special, and you my friend are awesome for that.

      Thanks Happyboomernurse, I can't wait to get to your hubs.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      It was a tough experience to handle Bill, but I did my best when I was in college, and I'll never ever forget that day. It was a learning experience to cherish for the rest of my life for sure.

      Thanks man for taking the time to read it all, and to provide such insight and feed back to me, you know I definitely appreciate your kind words rendered towards me, and our friendship has grown to show it and in such a short period of time as well.

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      Dennis L. Page 6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      It is amazing how we, as a people, can be so quick to judge and assume things about other races, creeds, ethnicity's, etc. You are to be commended for standing firm and presenting your case to someone who clearly had a different perspective of you and your capabilities. Unfortunately, I will not live long enough to bear witness to racial harmony, especially with the way things have been happening in the last 3 years. It saddens me to see ignorance run rampant with a certain segment of society.

      Just like tammyswallow, I too had an Economics professor who was the epitome of arrogance and egomania. Nearly 40 years later I still remember the first class. He told the students that there would be a written homework assignment every day, a pop quiz for every class and tests spattered throughout. If a student was absent from class they were given a zero for attendance, a zero for no homework assignment completed and a third zero for missing the pop quiz. Heaven help you if there was also an exam because that would result in a fourth zero. All these years later and I still tell people what a jerk he was.

      Voted up and interesting

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      Shining Irish Eyes 6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I commend you for your fine handling of what, for me, would have probably not gone the same way. You showed a maturity beyond yoru years and I have learned a lesson as well. Racism is still the one button in me that makes me seeth, but dealing with it as you did is honorable. You are an amazing and brave individual. I felt so proud of you as I was devouring this intelligent and deep read. Glad you share this globe with me.

      I thank for sharing.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you so much for sharing this racist experience that you were able handle in such a mature and effective way, thus teaching the professor and others who now read this a positive way of dealing with this type of situation.

      Yes, most students who had this happen to them would likely report the offense and perhaps sue the professor and university over it but I believe you were right when you said that would not have been likely to change the professor's racist beliefs and actions.

      Your unexpected response and intelligent defense of the paper that you wrote showed him that you had mastered the subject matter and deserved his respect and fair treatment.

      Sorry that he treated you the way he initially did, but this well written article gives me hope that direct, intelligent interactions and respectful treatment of people of differing races are both possible and utimately very effective.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A powerful message my friend; instead of dealing with bitterness and lashing out you found an intelligent way to handle the racism. A very hard course of action but the right one. Bravo to you for your actions and for writing such an insightful article about that time in your life.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Yes indeed Tammy, it was an experience to share and to have learned from indeed about how people can effectively communicate despite ones ill thoughts, feelings, or differences towards one another.

      If it weren't for my mom, I think I would have lost my mind back then, and did something I would have regretted fro the rest of my life, but I listened to her, and learned to not let ignorance get the best of me whether it come from me or someone else.

      Thanks for that very in depth and insightful comment, for reading, and sharing with me, and yup higher learning is a tough place indeed, but I learned if you use mind over a matter in most cases, everything will turn out better in the end.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      What an experience you have had. I am glad that the situation turned around and it was a teachable moment in racism for both you and your professor. Some professors become hostile to students with great potential. In my pre-law program my professors were lawyers. Some of them were very difficult egomaniacs. It is walking on eggshells at times to make sure you never make a comment in class or on a paper that contradicts anything they say or to make it sound like you are correcting them. There are many lessons to be learned in higher learning. Great hub!


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