Language Based Discrimination In The United States

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As a first generation American, I have seen my family, specifically my parents, face certain societal preclusions, namely language based discrimination. Being immigrants, my parents do not have traditional eastern American accents, and therefore have been presumed uneducated by many people they have encountered. This would often lead to my brothers and me handling conversations with financial and educational institutions, because, as semi-articulate teenagers, we would receive more respect and have more authority than our middle-aged parents. However, one of the few places that my parents have never faced this kind of discrimination is a hospital. When I was ten I had to tell my father that he needed his gallbladder removed. While I tried to

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