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We Fight We Love [On Immigration]

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A couple of days ago on the train, I saw a young Black man with a Cubs hat, a multi-colored jacket and a Black t-shirt that read, “You’re in the USA: Now SPEAK ENGLISH!” A large segment of Black communities (and by Black, I mean from African-American, Caribbean Black, etc.) find this meme so self-evident that they’ll completely ignore their own histories. I started making a few assumptions about the …

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Things Left Unsaid: To My Former Language Arts Teacher (Or What Happened)

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I never got why you tried to make me conform to your supposedly standard English … until I read Lisa Delpit. You see, it’s easy even to this day to look at one form of English as inferior to another (instead of appropriate code in different settings), and when teaching children of color, such a prejudice against (and suppression of) another’s English takes precedence over establishing a meaningful connection between …

Spanish Inquisition: Just When You Least Expect Them

Because My Commenters Rock, Even In Spanish

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Please check the first gem spilled upon my blog yesterday concerning my discussion on Spanish (with some edits from me): So here’s the funny part of all this: in English, the Spanish language is called, duh, Spanish but (I was discussing this with my dad who’s a brilliant, highly-educated man and Dominican) in Spanish there is no such thing as Espanol to mean the language. Now we commonly say “Hablo …

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My Spanish Is Way Better Than Yours

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Scenario: Let’s say there are two native Spanish speakers, both of whom don’t come directly from Spain, but have Latino backgrounds, one comes from a South American country and the other from a Carribean-based country. While discussing language, the first comments that their Spanish is “better” than the other. After the second suggests the lack of real difference between the written form of proper Spanish in both countries, the first …