The message of Tiffany Martinez’s, Academia Love Me Back, is that “bias, stereotypes and generalizations,” cause pain to the marginalized. Tiffany is constantly having to “swallow pain” after having to deal with various slights that come her way. She has to minimize her emotions so that she can function as a student. This consistent disrespect has undermined Tiffany’s confidence in herself. She often questions if she’s good enough.
Tiffany didn’t feel that she belonged in the learning environments she was apart of. One particular humiliation stood out to her. Her professor returned her paper and in front of the class claimed that Tiffany wasn’t using her “language.” Of course the assumption her was that because of who she is, Tiffany was incapable of producing the quality of work she presented.
In Arguments Based on Emotion, by Lunsford, Ruszkiewicz, and Walters, they talk about the power of “emotional appeals.” Tiffany’s blog post is filled with emotion. Hurt by unfair treatment she is angry. She uses her anger to impart on the audience the negative effect of having her abilities be doubted all the time. She’s aware that the audience may not share her pain or understand. However, she will use her emotion to fuel her as she advocates for change.