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For centuries language has always been a form of communication among all people As the world became more complex technologically and intellectually over the past few decades language also had to evolve into a more complex form in order to keep up with this modernization For example the English language changed over a few centuries William Shakespeares sixteenth century writings are now very difficult to read because they were written in old English In other words English aged over the last few centuries from old English to new English This occurred because of social technological and educational changes Aside from language evolving over the years it is representative of much more than just communication Whether its spoken or written language helps express inner thoughts and feelings Most importantly illustrated by Richard Rodriguezs Aria and James Baldwins If Black English Isnt a Language Then Tell Me What Is language is a strong indicator of intelligence that translates to power Both authors also demonstrate how the struggle to accept a common language results in a loss of cultural identity Additionally the actual text used in the aforementioned works further displays the authors acceptance of the common languageBoth Baldwin and Rodriguez effectively illustrate that language is an accurate indicator of intelligence that translates into power Baldwin states It goes without saying then that language is also a political instrument means and proof of power 133 In American history language was used to demonstrate power through intelligence Literacy tests were enforced in the Southern states after slavery had been repealed to prevent African Americans from voting Many African Americans failed the literacy tests because they could not read Because of their lack of linguistic intelligence African Americans could not take part of the powerful practice of voting White southerners clearly used English as a tool to hinder African Americans from voting and practicing their rights as citizens Although English was used to the disadvantage of African Americans it was
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