Language and Development

How do we talk about different parts of the world and how does that reflect our bias? In this article, Sarika Bansal talks about the cliches, double standards, and loaded terms (and images) that are unfortunately quite common.


NPR: “When Ancestry Search Led To Escaped Slave: ‘All I Could Do Was Weep'”

“When she was in fifth grade, Regina Mason received a school assignment that would change her life: to connect with her country of origin. That night, she went home and asked her mother where they were from.

“She told me about her grandfather who was a former slave,” Mason tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “And that blew me away, because I’m thinking, ‘Slavery was like biblical times. It wasn’t just a few generations removed.’ ”