I was at a conference this week presenting the results from my dissertation. I had good conversations with quite a few people about race, culture, and language.
The bad news, to get people to understand that there is not just one right way to speak a language (for example, English) would require them to become aware of their own linguicism and to shift their thinking about language altogether.
The good news is that I am a paradigm-shifter and I’m up for the challenge.
More importantly, I had a few people come up to me during the conference and ask sincerely, so how do I even begin to talk about the different ways we speak English?
In this article Brandie Bohney talks about how she moved students to acceptance of “other” Englishes. What was really impressive, is that she got them to think about language in way they hadn’t thought about before.
Read it with an open mind.
And then tell someone else about what you read.