Pendej@ I don’t give a fuck, I’m doin’ me.
In the midst of the African American liberation struggle, protests to end the Vietnam War and the women’s movement for equality, Puerto Rican and Latino/a communities fought for economic, racial and social justice. From Chicago streets to the barrios of New York City and other urban centers, the Young Lords emerged to demand decent living conditions and raised a militant voice for the empowerment of Puerto Ricans and other Latino/as in the United States and for the independence of Puerto Rico.
Pa’lante, siempre pa’lante!
Who has probably been the only transgender woman in the history of Dominican daytime TV…
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This video made me want to cry tears of linguistic joy.
This public school in Los Angeles is teaching kids to essentially become bilingual—learning the “mainstream” form of American English without devaluing the AAVE they speak at home. Absolutely incredible.
Here’s another video from the same series (the documentary “Do you speak American?”), talking to some of the now-adult children and parents who were part of the landmark 1979 court case (MLK Jr. Elementary school kids vs. Ann Arbor MI school board), finding that the black children in the school were being discriminated against based on their language.
It’s long been shown that it’s more effective to teach children to codeswitch between multiple dialects or languages than to force them to abandon what they speak at home and use only the dominant one, both in terms of children’s skills with the dominant language (how do you learn to sound out words when the sounds you’re using don’t correspond to your teacher’s?) and in terms of children’s emotional development (unsurprisingly, people don’t like school much when they’re constantly told that their community is wrong). Barriers for teaching children to codeswitch are for political and social reasons, not linguistic ones.
so my house just got 200% better
p.s. i love anne quinones
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