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Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 1)

Just as a warning: this post contains a number of examples from the website Gizoogle, which uses quite a bit of language not appropriate for many workplaces. Gizoogle, as shown in the picture above, is a website that parodies the

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Technology and language

Hearing skin color: The connections between language and race

What is race? What does it mean to be White, Black, Asian, Latina/o, or any other identifiable race? Most of us probably think of it as something marked on our bodies. It’s the pigment of our skin, the shape of

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Posted in Human migration, Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

On the many meanings of the word “racism”: A prejudice primer

Monitoring public response to the Zimmerman trial, I’ve been struck by the obvious racial divide between (a) those who think the case was about race, generally people of color, especially Black people, for example Eugene Robinson or Russell Moore (but also many

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Posted in Language and race

Reflections on the public response to Rachel Jeantel’s language

Over the past few weeks, the George Zimmerman trial has been in the news. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I recommend checking out the extensive Wikipedia page on the case. To provide a brief summary, George Zimmerman is accused of

Posted in Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Is it racist to call “no homo” homophobic?

After I wrote in my last post that “no homo” propagates a homophobic ideology, I encountered a number of people claiming that resistance to “no homo” stemmed from racism masquerading as a concern for gay rights. In particular Hakeem Muhammed writes, “While

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

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