The Priveleges of Speaking English - The Privilege of...

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The Privilege of Speaking, Reading, and Writing the English Language By Ann Scott Being a "native" English speaker (and reader and writer) in the United States (even though English is not the native language of this place) bestows all kinds of privileges on me that are so ingrained and so hidden that it takes a great deal of effort just to see the most obvious ones. I'm not sure if I've been "carefully taught not to recognize privilege" of this sort, as Peggy McIntosh thinks, or if it's simply in the nature of privilege that it is invisible to the wearer of it. Perhaps if it was visible, it would quickly become intolerable in its ugly, undeserved unjustness. In no particular order of importance, being an English speaker in the United States means: 1. I can be confident that people will understand me wherever I go in the United States, and if they don't they will be seen as deficient, not me. 2. My language will be considered the essential, legal, primary, best, official, legitimate, or only way of communicating.
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