There’s no question about it: people are judged on the way they speak. Not surprisingly, African Americans are often the ones impacted, especially when it comes to education.
One African-American high school student we spoke to said he hated how often teachers corrected him when he spoke. “Every time you try to say something they gotta correct every line you say. It’s like … I don’t want to talk to you now.”
And that’s how you get kids to stop contributing during class. Don’t think there’s a stigma? How about Rachel Jeantel, witness and friend of Trayvon Martin, who according to one juror, wasn’t thought of as a credible witness because of how she spoke.
Maybe it’s time to stop judging and start actually listening.
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