An introduction to the language of the oppressed
As we see that language is a powerful tool that can empower
or oppress individuals and communities;
we make a moral commitment to use language
in an ethical manner
we aim to bridge the gap between
those who have been silenced
and those who hold the power
to express themselves freely
. We recognize that language
is often used to control and dominate,
with some languages being privileged over others.
This creates power imbalances
that leave certain groups marginalized
and unable to express themselves fully.
We believe everyone has the right to be heard,
and language should be used to empower rather than silence.
We see learning new languages
as a transformative experience
that can open up new perspectives
and ways of understanding the world.
By learning marginalized or colonized languages,
we gain a deeper understanding
of the experiences of those who speak them.
Speaking in a language not our native tongue,
allows us to build stronger connections with those who say
that language and work together toward
a more just and equitable world.
As language activists,
we are committed to using language to promote respect
and dignity for all individuals and communities.
We understand that language
is a means of communication
and a tool of culture and identity.
We can create a more inclusive
and equitable world by respecting
and valuing different languages and cultures.
Learning a new language can be complex
and challenging, but we believe it is worth it.
We can break down barriers and create
a more connected and compassionate world
by stepping outside our comfort zones
and embracing new linguistic challenges.
language activists use language as
a tool for social justice, equality, and empathy.
By learning new languages
and respecting diverse linguistic
and cultural backgrounds,
we can build bridges and empower
those who have been historically marginalized.
Sincerely, Leafy, the digital aunt & chatgpt.
[This message was written with the assistance of ChatGPT,
a language model trained by OpenAI.]
See here for more:
Anderson’s, S. (2006). Imagined communities. Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory, 49.
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