Linguistic repression in the USA

On this page, I upload cases of what can be considered language-based discrimination, repression, and violence that have taken place in the USA.

 

 

Students in New Jersey walk out over teacher's comment to "speak American" (2017): http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/New-Jersey-Teacher-to-Students-Whispering-in-Spanish-Speak-American-451045123.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_CHBrand 

Kentucky woman berates Latina shopper (2016): https://mic.com/articles/162989/kentucky-woman-berates-latina-shopper-go-back-wherever-the-fuck-you-come-from#.CqVf5EqvC 

Idaho bus driver fired for pouring water on 8th grade boy, telling him to speak English (2016): http://www.latinorebels.com/2016/09/04/idaho-bus-driver-fired-for-pouring-water-on-latino-8th-grader-and-telling-him-to-speak-english/

People removed from airplanes in the U.S. for speaking Arabic (2016):

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/17/us/southwest-muslim-passenger-removed/

 

Two Asian-American university students attacked for speaking Mandarin on train (2016):

https://mic.com/articles/144844/two-students-were-assaulted-on-a-train-f...

 

Student Suspended for Speaking Native American Language (2012)

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/02/07/student-suspended-speaking-native-american-language-96340

 

Nevada school district bans Spanish on the bus (2008): https://illinois.edu/blog/view/25/3273?ACTION=POST&displayOrder=desc&displayType=search&displaySearch=autobus,magico&displayColumn=created&displayCount=1

 

NJ high school bans foreign languages: https://illinois.edu/blog/view/25/5869?ACTION=POST&displayOrder=desc&displayType=search&displaySearch=new,jersey&displayColumn=created&displayCount=1

 

Minnesota Woman Brutally Assaulted For Speaking Swahili In Applebee’s (2015): http://www.mintpressnews.com/minnesota-woman-brutally-assaulted-for-speaking-swahili-in-applebees/211120/

 

Student suspended for speaking Spanish in a Kansas City school hallway (2005): http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/08/AR2005120802122.html

 

Fined in Dallas for not being able to speak English (2009): http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/us/25dallas.html

 

Texas judge threatens to take daughter away because mother speaks to her in Spanish (1995): http://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/30/us/mother-scolded-by-judge-for-speaking-in-spanish.html

 

Whole Foods workers in Albuquerque suspended for speaking Spanish (2013): http://nbclatino.com/2013/06/06/whole-foods-workers-say-they-were-suspended-for-speaking-spanish/

 

Sephora employees: Hired for speaking Spanish, fired for speaking Spanish (2003): http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/08/nyregion/cosmetics-retailer-is-accused-of-discrimination.html