For the longest time I’ve wanted to speak another language as my own native tongue, just so that I could have an accent to be proud of. I didn’t find…

For the longest time I’ve wanted to speak another language as my own native tongue, just so that I could have an accent to be proud of. I didn’t find out until recently that most people that immigrate to the united states aren’t really proud of their accents when speaking English, or rather, they aren’t allowed to be. Sure, at times some more harsh accents may be hard to completely understand, but I find that to be part of the adventure in conversing, being able to notice the difference in people’s speech patterns and how they compare to your own. I know that some people don’t, though I never thought that there would be an actual need to eliminate accents all together, with the creation of actual accent reduction agencies. To be a telemarketer you have to be understood [no matter how much we don’t want to hear them, we know this is true], though this isn’t the only way, or career, that people with accents are discriminated against in. I think it’s a shame how a person can fall in love with a French accent but be disgusted by a Latino one. Blame it on status and its preconceptions. People should be judged based on their skills, not by an audible lisp or an unpronounceable “r”. An accent should be a marker of where you’re from, where you’ve been, not where you’re going. Even with all this discrimination I’d still like to have one; all in favor?   – Eric