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Running Head: SPANISH LANGUAGE AS A SOURCE OF PRIDE AND SOCIAL
STIGMA FOR LATINOS
Spanish Language as a Source of Pride and Stigma for Latinos
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The Spanish language acts as a source of social cohesion and social pride amongst the
Latino community. The language also acts as a source of social stigma amongst Latinos where
there is group conflict among Spanish speakers. This group conflict is directed towards a certain
division of the Latino community who do some things differently than the others. Social stigma
in the Spanish speaking community is where certain members of the Latino community are
discriminated against based on some differences that distinguish them from other Spanish
speakers, for example, speaking a different type of Spanish such as Chicano Spanish, or being
bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. Social stigma also occurs when Spanish speakers
are discriminated against by the Americans who view the Latinos as people who take away their
services. Most Latino immigrants exploit the services meant for American citizens. This social
stigma acts as a factor that contributes to Latino politics. Latinos therefore mostly feel hated and
this affects their political decisions even when it comes to the ballot.
The Spanish Language as a Source of Pride and Stigma for Latinos
Language can act as a source of pride and solidarity amongst a certain ethnic group and at
the same time language can still be a source of stigma to the same ethnic group (Bedolla, p.2).
When people speak a common language, it tends to bring them together for a certain cause and
also gives a sense of belonging to the people who speak the language. According to Richard
Rodriguez, a well-known Chicano voice, the Spanish speakers around him felt as though they
were related to him since they shared the experience that Spanish ‘set them apart' ...
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