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Respect

 

Before you claim ownership or rights to this paper I wrote, please note that neither you nor the university paid me for writing this paper. As such, it is not the intellectual property of you or the university. The archives of indigenous people’s history in the Bentley Library are a matter of general public interest, and you do not have exclusive monopoly to their reuse.

You did pay me for other research work on indigenous history to the amount of $140 for seven hours of work. But I worked on this paper for some 60 hours, and shared it with you on a provisional basis for your comments. Seeing that you offered no line edits and no comments on specific content, I am publishing this paper to my website as my work.

I had offered you the opportunity to co-publish this paper as a joint collaboration, but you declined that opportunity. You also need to consider your own positionality here within the institution. You are a tenured professor at the end of your career who will not be promoted, and have no need to be promoted at your age through future publications. I am a graduate student looking for tenure, who needs publications to my name. I need this more than you do, or will. The benefits to me writing are much greater than the benefits to you of suppressing publication.

Last of all, you need to consider the irony of claiming that this is your property. You only paid me – in fact underpaid me – $140. And yet the very paper I wrote critiques the university’s underpayment of indigenous peoples for their lands and ideas, as well as the very principle of ownership. And so to hide behind the very university you critique and claim ownership – on the basis of your underpayment – is itself doubly ironic. Now, as much as anytime, is a good opportunity to practice your preachings in teachings. No hypocrisy here.

Fundamentally, these student-faculty relationships are founded on mutual respect. I have published many times before and with many different tenured faculty: always on the basis of co-authorship as co-equals, and never on the basis of payment. This situation with  you is the first time I encountered that kind of hostility. More important than money, is a mutual respect for what each of us bring to the table. My other publications with faculty at Columbia, Michigan, Oxford, and Cambridge have all received tens of thousands of views (sometimes millions), and I have given them hundreds of hours of my unpaid time for their research projects on the sole basis that they offered me one thing: Respect.

You did not offer me respect. You devalued me work. And you lied about me to other faculty with your false rumors.

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