13 September 2013
Cultures and their Legitimacy
“How to Tame a Wild Tongue” is about Gloria Anzaldua losing her native accent because she lived in the United States. She grew up in the US, but for the most part, she spoke Spanish. She spoke Chicano Spanish, not true Spanish, and was living in a place that spoke English. She was talking about how Chicano Spanish changed from place to place. This form of language is like a lower level of Spanish. Everyday she was criticized for the way she talked, and she took it to heart. Just because people speak a language different ways, does not mean they are any less a part of that culture. This whole ...view middle of the document...
If someone is always getting made fun of, they have low self-esteem and do not want to do things and they lay around all day. They are not motivated to do anything with themselves. And they are a downer to be around. Whereas those who are not being made fun of are up everyday making their lives better, being a better person for other people to be around. It is not fair to criticize someone just because they speak a different variation of a language.
“If you want to be American, speak ‘American.’ If you don’t like it, go back to Mexico where you belong” (77). All cultures and their language are legitimate no matter how different they are from other cultures. Legitimacy is not based on how good or bad other people think cultures are. It is based on how good you think your own culture is. It really just does not matter what other people think of the way your people handle things. If it is your tradition and the way you talk, by all means do what you want to do and talk the way that you want to talk. ...