With Liberty and Black Linguistic Justice for All: Pledging Allegiance to Anti-Racist Language Pedagogy

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  • This article makes a case for why Black Language (BL) must be a part of teachers’ conceptualizations of multilingualism in U.S. contexts. BL is a living linguistic legacy, an embodiment of Black culture, and much more than simply a list of distinct grammatical features. For teachers to move toward dispositions and language and literacy pedagogical practices that are inclusive, just, and anti-racist, they must become aware of and interrogate their real trouble with BL through guided and continuous critical, introspective, and reflexivity. After providing a brief linguistic understanding of BL, the author describes what happens when Black adolescents and adults discover that their language has a name, a rich history, and global influence--it marks the onset of their Black Linguistic Consciousness-raising (Baker-Bell, 2020). The article ends with recommendations and resources for how teachers can start and continue to stand for anti-racist linguistic justice in the classroom contexts and beyond.
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  • McMurtry T
  • Start Page

  • 175
  • End Page

  • 178
  • Volume

  • 65
  • Issue

  • 2