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I know about structural racism …. Racial oppression through entrenched systems in society through various public bodies, laws, corporations, the prison system, universities...you name it. But when the idea of racial oppression through use of language was introduced to me, I was suddenly taken aback. I had never though about it before-- was there such a thing as a linguistic hierarchy?
There was an interesting article in the New York Times this past Thursday regarding the struggle of one Native American tribe to preserve its language from becoming extinct.