Living in today’s society we see many prejudices against different things ranging from, racial, economical, religion and even linguistic. Without you even noticing you could be discriminated because of the way you speak or even what languages you speak.
One thing to ask yourself is what is the power of language prejudice in our lives.
for me, personally, I do not notice much in my life but I hear stories that others have encountered. Many of them face language discrimination. Especially in the job market, people are more likely to hire the well spoken person than the “broken” English speaker. They may think that the worker won’t be able to work with their coworkers if they cannot speak perfect English or that they will not give 100%, based on their opinions/stereotypes against these people.
An activity you can try to see if you have a bias is listen to different accents and see what is the first thing to come to mind about that person. Society has wired people to think about people a certain way. You may think some one is not the sharpest tool in the shed because of that bias society made you believe. The power of language prejudice is strong. It impacts many people’s lives. We as a society need to be aware that the world is very diverse. We cannot expect everyone to be able to speak perfect English. We must change the way we think so society can become a place where everyone is able to be treated the same. Since it may take awhile for everyone to come to that conclusion, you can make the path for them to follow.
to hear more about what others have experienced make sure to check out this review of Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue”