Language as Identity
Language affects cognition
This ideal is most evident through schemas, which is how we form interrelated thoughts to navigate the world, that are organized through language, and thus the way we use language affects the way we think. Not allowing children to speak their native language can seriously negatively affect their cognition. If people are denied the right to speak their own language they stop speaking and thinking it and will lose their language skills over time.
L. (2013, October 13). [Student's schema for January]. Retrieved February 7, 2017, from http://fortheloveoffirst.blogspot.com/2013/10/whatcha-know-about-schema.html
Language is Cultural
According to Hilliard, the Bantu language of Africa has had a profound influence on American English. Mainly due to the slave trade and the decades of oppression African Americans have faced. This is due to cultural interaction, assimilation, and finally integration. Language is one of the ways we discriminate against people, therefore it is imperative to realize the roots of our language to recognize bias.
Hilliard, A.G. (2012) Language, culture, and the assessment of african american children. In Goodwin, A. L. (Ed.) Assessment for equity and inclusion: embracing all our children. (pp. 229-239). NY: Routledge.
When language is oppressed identity is oppressed.
Language is how we expresses our identity and ourselves. If we are not allowed to use our native language, which is a form of linguicism, we being denied the chance to be our own person. This is further explained in the graphic below.
S., A. (n.d.). Pyramid of Oppression [Digital image]. Retrieved February 7, 2017, from http://powerinwords.weebly.com/featured-post.html