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So what exactly is linguistic racism?

February 21, 2023 Otako Season 2 Episode 49
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So what exactly is linguistic racism?
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Show Notes

It's February and we are celebrating Black History Month. We want to share with you this wonderful episode where we talk about personal stories of learning a new language and how some institutions and systems can use language to discriminate against people of certain races.

In this episode we have a conversation with Edwin Matovu where we share our personal experiences of learning a new language. We have to speak a German language fluently and sometimes we expose ourselves by speaking German with a Ugandan accent. As a result, people like us have fewer chances of being hired, accepted to schools and universities, or considered as tenants. This practice is called linguistic profiling.

So what exactly is linguistic racism?
Linguistic racism occurs when acts of racism are perpetuated against individuals on the basis of their language use. 

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