Jamila Lyiscott gives a spoken word essay called “Broken English” that is powerful and captivating. Her words touch on the United States expectation of what being “articulate” is– speaking in what has been labeled as “Standard English”. She argues that she speaks three languages and that her linguistic diversity should be thought of as a “linguistic celebration” instead of ignorant “broken english”. Her ability to switch between these three languages allows her to showcase and appreciate her three different cultural backgrounds. She proves that to perform a particular identity of her’s, she must change what language she uses. This video initiates a much needed discussion on appreciating and promoting our linguistic differences instead of classifying those who do not follow “proper Standard English” as unintelligent and ignorant. This video advocates for empathy and calls for change in the mindsets and attitudes of many U.S. citizens towards linguistic diversity.
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