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Why the “B” in Black is Capitalized
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Why the “B” in Black is Capitalized

Terms Capitalizing “Black” when referring to people in a racial, ethnic, or cultural context is to make language more inclusive and accurate.

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The Loaded Language ABCs
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The Loaded Language ABCs

Discussions of political or social issues commonly include loaded language that inhibits clear conversation. 

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The Misuse of “Wokeness” Under White Supremacy
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The Misuse of “Wokeness” Under White Supremacy

The use of the phrase “woke” has strayed far from its roots and has been co-opted by conservatives and mainstream culture to discredit calls for accountability and justice.

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Loaded Language Continued: Unpacking Politically Charged Terms
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Loaded Language Continued: Unpacking Politically Charged Terms

Discussions of political or social issues commonly include loaded language that inhibits clear conversation. 

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Latinos, Latines, or Latinxs: How to Navigate Gender-Inclusive Spanish
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Latinos, Latines, or Latinxs: How to Navigate Gender-Inclusive Spanish

Gender-inclusive language in Spanish, like Latinx and Latine, comes from queer, feminist, and decolonial movements aimed at inclusion and liberation.

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Why We Are Phasing Out the Term “Criminal Justice System”
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Why We Are Phasing Out the Term “Criminal Justice System”

“Criminal justice system” is used in the U.S to reference the broad, complex system that addresses criminal activity, but rarely are marginalized people afforded justice.

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White People, Please Stop Using N-Word Alternatives
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White People, Please Stop Using N-Word Alternatives

Non-Black people’s use of N-word alternatives is a harmful attempt to get close to the original slur. Even with modifications, the N-word is not theirs to reclaim.

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AAVE Appropriation and the Erasure of Blackness

AAVE Appropriation and the Erasure of Blackness

Despite AAVE being popularized in pop culture, Black people are still ridiculed in workplaces, classrooms, and other parts of society for using it.

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Build language justice.

Build language justice.

Our diverse, multilingual country still shames and disparages those that don’t speak English.

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Unpacking the Term Hispanic and the Homogenizing of Diasporas
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Unpacking the Term Hispanic and the Homogenizing of Diasporas

Hispanic and Latino have been used to describe people with roots in Spain or Latin America, but the terms blur multiple diasporas’ experiences and identities.

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