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Op-ed

Linguistic Imperialism: When English Trumps All

“This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish,” said then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, of opponent Jeb Bush, whose wife is from Mexico and whose children are Hispanic. “ should really set an example by speaking English while in the United States.” Never mind Melania’s fluency in five languages. The Trump campaign’s “America first” mindset is what ultimately won him the presidency, and is a byproduct of the reality that Americans have been subconsciously

Race, Uncategorized

What is ‘Proper English’?: A Brief History On AAVE and It’s Usage

Today, Africans are in many places around the world. Outside of Africa, the countries with the highest population of Africans are Brazil, the United States, Colombia, Jamaica, and Haiti. Sadly, a lot of this movement was involuntary. Due to slavery and the Triangular Slave Trade, Africans have a long history of being treated as items and a commodity instead of human beings. A lot of history has been caused to be lost because when Africans

Real Life

Dear America, Here’s Why Immigrants Learning English Need a Break

America is so quick to ridicule a fumbled pronunciation from the mouth of an immigrant. Not so fast! According to a brief analysis of the English language, this judgement struts from a platform of arrogant ignorance. Immersing in a foreign language, especially English, requires extreme cognitive effort and more importantly—time. Here’s why: English has no logical pronunciation. “Knife” has a silent “k.” “Wednesday” skips the annunciation of the first “d.” “Colonel” is a mess of

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