It is worth noting that even though English is not the official language of the United States, it is the de facto national language; a belief that is reinforced by government and educational institutions
Voice Your Language Forum
Nora Leyva
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It is interesting how countries throughout the world have used language as a way to promote patriotism and nationalism. While simultaneously also promoting xenophobia. By indicating that one language creates more “community” in the country they ignore the negative impact it has. By dictating one language as the “official” language even if it is done by de facto we are prioritizing one language over the other. Thus, like you mentioned, through this process people who are not from the dominant culture are losing their “right to culture and identity”. This for me is one of the core problems with “having” an “official” language. Even if it is not the law through various systems and institutions it is being reinforced. Many people throughout the U.S. have to choose between this new culture and their own. This furthers oppresses minority groups and creates more systems of oppression. Especially, when these minority groups attempt to keep they culture and language but are constantly put down for doing so.

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