does anyone even need to say anything more about israel?
You bet your sweet ass if China or Iran was doing this reporters would be able to find the word “sterilization,” which is conspicuously absent here.
It does have “sterilization” in the text though? Am I missing something here? This article seems to be very clear that it’s sterilization through institutionalized racism.
As a university tutor in my hometown, a city which is roughly 40% black and 37% white, I still had students asking me, “Do they just never learn how to talk right?” I pull up a chair when this happens, “Listen up, gang.” So what do I tell them? Well, the goal is to convey that, scientifically speaking, non-standard varieties of English such as the English spoken by Rachel Jeantel and the ‘proper English’ they’ve been taught are equally communicative. I go over the differences and point out that both have a rule system that must be followed to speak convincingly.
But then, I don’t see why there should need to be that justification. So I end up trying to teach respect. If they have a student that speaks a non-standard variety of English, they need to understand that that student is therefore competent in understanding at least two versions of English: the version they speak at home and other safe environments, and the one forced upon them when listening to you.
The alarmingly pervasive idea that standard English equates to ‘good grammar’ and non-standard English equates to ‘bad grammar’ is false and exclusionary. When it’s used in conjunction with intelligence and credibility of a young black woman, it’s reminiscent of the faulty scientific racism of “The Bell Curve.” But language shaming is currently acceptable behavior in the status quo. It is one of the last bastions of unabashed racism and classism.
I thought it would be nice to agree to a little pro-bono website for a local chapter of a national organization. I finish it up before I send over a link. I get a panicked call at 5am the next morning:
Client: I don’t know what you did. There’s a big problem with the site. It’s all broken! I can’t even find it.
Me: Oh, no. That’s strange - let me see what’s going on.
After a sleepy pause while I bring it up on my computer…
Me: It’s coming up fine for me. Did you click the link in the email I sent you?
Client: No! The Google or Yahoo should just KNOW.
Me: Oh, it doesn’t work that way. You’ll have to go to the URL to view it for now. We’re submitting to Google, but this is a huge organization - you can’t just type [national organization] in the search bar and have your one of thousands of chapters show up.
Client: It should. It should show up right at the top. I just can’t believe this. We have almost TWENTY FIVE people that are going to visit this site, and we need them to be able to get to it. Hell, I haven’t even seen it. Don’t even know what it looks like.
Me: Do me a quick favor and click the link in the email, so you can check it out.
Client: Look, just call me when you’ve figured it out.