Yesterday a professor came into work and after attempting to pleasantly greet him I could tell he was obviously unhappy. He came up to my desk threw a file of papers at me, stared me dead in the eye and asked/yelled “Can you even speak English? I need someone who can actually read this.” He went on to cause a fight with my boss and I. This isn’t the first time he’s caused problems in our office.
As a Hispanic student coming from a family of immigrants I was extremely insulted and hurt by how he spoke to me. I worked my ass off to learn english (as well as 3 other languages) and not have an accent. People can’t tell but english was my second language and I was constantly teased as a kid for this. For him to just storm into my office and say this to me was uncalled for, especially after I greeted him in an appropriate way (IN ENGLISH). The fact that he also caused a huge fight with us in front of the entire office and many students that were in the middle of taking midterms is just bullshit.
I guess now we just have to wait and see what happens.
one of the rarest and most powerful things you can possibly express in our culture is loving yourself