Consider your racial privilege

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On Poster

(On posters 2-4) Phrases people might use to judge someone's grammar: "Speak good English," "No excuses!" "Actually....," and "I think you meant..."


"Proper" grammar is a social construct. Next time you're about to correct someone's grammar, consider your privilege.


There are many dialects of English, and each dialect has its own grammar structures. Speaking 'standard' English is highly attributed to white speakers, so calling a nonstandard dialect incorrect is preferring 'white' English.

Courtesy of the Department of Linguistics

Poster size: 18 x 24 in. Original inspiration for poster from Anne Lobeck's spring 2019 ENG 438/LING 402: Language Change and Variation. Adapted by Emily Hillman.