Enforced Assimilation- “English Only versus “Dirty Spanish”

Education for Autonomy Speaker Collective member, Irene Monica Sanchez, shares spectacular insight into the importance of preserving and celebrating our children’s second language.  Excerpt below…link to full article at end. Published on TeleSUR  September 7, 2016. 

The video of a school bus driver’s violent outburst against a Latino child shows that we are still the target of attempts to strip us of our humanity

I don’t understand Spanish. I’m not going to learn it. I live in America and it’s an English-speaking country … so if you want to speak to me, speak to me in English.”

-Mary Black, former school bus driver in Idaho, after pouring water on a Latino boy

Video recently surfaced of a school bus driver in Idaho, Mary Black, saying the above to Miguel Martinez, a young 8th-grade Latino boy riding the bus, She added in disgust “I wouldn’t want to touch you” as she proceeded to pour water on him. This is infuriating. As a second generation Xicana mother raising a young Brown boy of Mexican and Guatemalan descent who speaks two languages, because I have known for far too long how our Brown children have been told they are “dirty” for simply speaking and existing.




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