25538, It's easier looking from the outside|
Posted by Nettrice, Tue Mar-22-05 11:27 PM
>"that is your main problem."
We have a different path than Asians, Latinos, etc. While there is history of oppression for these groups, there is still a connection to one's tribe (or country), meaning a link to language, religion, etc. Linguist Edward Sapir, language is not only a vehicle for the expression of thoughts, perceptions, sentiments, and values characteristic of a community; it also represents a fundamental expression of social identity. Sapir said: "the mere fact of a common speech serves as a peculiar potent symbol of the social solidarity of those who speak the language." In short, language retention helps maintain feelings of cultural kinship.
Our current language links us to slavery. Our identity is not linked to a specific tribe or country or even a community. Language, of course, is knowledge, and in our world today knowledge is one of the key factors in competitiveness and survival. Literacy, knowledge, and power is what creates the prosperity and growth we tend to take for granted. In an advanced industrial society in an increasingly interdependent world, these things become indispensable. Millions of people across the world, who share common interests, are able to communicate with each other and exchange ideas...because of language. Not only are they able to do this due to the various technological advances, but also because they share a common language.
I repeat: Our current language links us to SLAVERY. More and more of us have not mastered language, we create obstacles to education, to literacy (media, reading, etc.), and to critical thinking. This is why we allow outsiders to discredit or leaders. This is why we allow others to dictate what you think about each other. We also let others kill our leaders (Malcolm, Martin, Medgar) and fear has created a ideological and political vacuum in our communities.