How we speak and how we write is a pretty good reflection of how we are and how we feel.
I was reminded of this by an article by Roy Clark at Poynter Online – Writing Tools called Lesson of the ‘Mexican Flu’: Beware Language Prejudices.
It’s so subtle sometimes. I wanted to comment and started my comment with Oh boy! With a sigh I copped (oh dear, is that another one?) to some sort of gender bias.
Years ago I was fortunate enough to take a class through a Unitarian Church aimed at helping white folks like me get in touch with institutional and unconscious racial prejudice. What an eye opener that was for me.
At one point the instructor asked us to write about this questions: What is it like to be white?
I’d never ever considered that at all, because I grew up with what I’ve come to recognize as white privilege. A lot of it is unintentional and/or unconscious, but darn I found that a question worth really thinking about.
Prejudice does show up in language. Have you got a favorite example?