To the Sexist Teacher Who Chases Away Minority Students

To the Sexist Teacher Who Chases Away Minority Students:

Dare I say you’re sexist and racist?

I have had my fair share of awful teachers, but you’ve got them all beat by a lot… and one of them didn’t actually teach me (I’m looking at you Mr. White).

This letter is about to be a hot mess (which perfectly describes me in any of your classes), but there’s a lot I need to get off my chest.

First off, everyone knows you have an obvious hierarchical system of students you prefer:
Top = white males
Next = males of other races
Third = white females
Last = females of other races (aka me)

Your words never match your actions/grading. You change your instruction and verbiage based on which favored student you’re talking to. Several students get more attention and direction than others. If we’re not among those being favored, we will receive an extremely low grade even if we put in twice the work of those who are favored. I know life isn’t fair, but I almost feel like I’m being set up to fail.

I’m entering next semester, my first semester classified as a senior, as the only minority in all of my major classes, and I genuinely hate it. The only reason I’m still around is because I can’t financially afford to switch majors; I’m in too freaking deep. I know the field is also discriminating, but I don’t think (slash I hope it’s not) as bad as you are.

Every time we have a personal moment, I think our student-teacher relationship is getting better. This past semester, I learned that those personal moments mean nothing. You’ll still be the same by the end of them: sexist and biased (not quite sure about the racist thing yet).

How does it feel knowing your bullying was a major contribution to one of the three teachers in this major deciding to go to another university to take your position? Your bullying led her to greater opportunities, and I pray the same thing happens to me. Dealing with this crap has to be worth it, right?

I’m sure if you didn’t have tenure, you would have been gone a while ago.

You truly are the Scrooge and Grinch and any other villain who strives to rid people of joy.

Maybe you’ll get better with time…

-Jamilah

P.S. Telling us to Google stuff isn’t teaching us.

P.P.S. In case you didn’t know… being sexist isn’t sexy, just sayin’.

P.P.P.S. You can’t keep trying to make the program diverse if you keep chasing minority students away. That’s not how it works.


Featured image credit: Kate Macate

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