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In today's society it is hard to find work or not be discriminated against just because of your skin color. Any person of color has it hard anywhere, whether it be in the workplace,the educational field, and many more settings and they are told they can't do certain things because of their skin color. Being of a different shade than anyone else isn't just a struggle once in your life, it's a struggle their entire life and it start from the moment you are born. According to society you have to look a certain way and act a certain way just to be treated the same as white people and that's a shame. For an example, one could be discriminated against because their hair isn't straight or they just have the smallest amount of melanin in their skin. Overall, people of color have it quite hard.

Nathaly Hernandez

I believe that faculty of color at any university deserve the right to have achieved and receive tenure in their jobs. This is able to provide financial support and have them live without the issues of costs in bills and other essentials. Although this seems extremely possible, even in this day and age our society continues to determine the worth of someone based on the color of their skin. This article is able to prove that institutionalized racism is still prominently visible and has affected many people of color, especially black and Hispanic people who are the main focus in this. No matter how much effort has been placed in order to combat this sort of racism inflicted by higher authorities it is often looked over, and the effort that these people have placed in order to ensure change only go to waste as they are also left in the dust by those who are in charge. Without the proper people in charge, these predominantly white led institutions will continue to ensure that people of color remain at a lower rank in their system. Despite the amount of criticism that these higher education institutions receive due to their lack of diversity, there is no move to make a change. This sort of behavior has now become entirely normalized as the public now expect those in charge to not provide change and have this negative cycle continue. Not only does this affect the obvious faculty being discriminated against, but it also affects students and college life on campus. With the image these higher institutions are placing on themselves, it is only reflected negatively by those on their campus. Students of color would be affected by the actions these authorities have placed, which also demonstrates how little they value the students with the same skin color.


While people of color may be underrepresented in a variety of fields and settings, one must ask WHY these people might be choosing to not go into those fields. Why is this a concern at all if people are FREE to go into any field they want in America? Who says that just because people of color go to college means that they have to turn around and become professors? Maybe they want to do something else with their lives. Teaching is not ideal for everyone, and the pay for teaching certainly does not equal the cost of securing the higher degree—trust me. I’ve been a college professor for over 20 years, and the pay is lousy! I could have taken my degree and gone into a number of other fields and made 2-3Xs more than I do teaching.
Even though J. Nathan Matias, Neil Lewis Jr., and Elan Hope express that “Black, Hispanic, American Indian and multiracial faculty members are underrepresented in faculty ranks,” this feels as if it is missing the mark…not everyone wants to go into every field. Not everyone wants to teach. Maybe the question to ask is WHY they do not want to be a college professor. Life is hard. People choose careers that appeal to them for different reasons. When did it become necessary for an educational institution to hire someone based on the color of their skin instead of the qualifications and experience of their lives and educations, anyway? This sounds racist in itself. Furthermore, the article tries to explain how efforts by universities to diversify their faculty fail to address the structural inequities within higher education that prevent faculty of color from feeling supported and achieving tenure. Does anyone really feel supported in achieving tenure in higher education facilities? No! No matter the color, sex, or creed, it is hard to get tenure, and it is cut-throat to achieve such a status. Instead of focusing on what makes us different, why not focus on how to make ALL PEOPLE feel included and supported in pursuing tenure at the faculty level—no matter if it is at Harvard or your local community college? We could sit around all day and say, “But what about me?” when in reality, we should be striving to be fair across the board, not focusing on one group over another—no matter the color.
1. Maybe people of color don’t want to go into education.
2. Who says the demographics of the nation have to be represented in faculty pools?
3. Why focus on separating us even more? Focus on making everything equal across the board instead of racially segregating and prioritizing in a new direction.

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