For Who are You Correcting?

In academic circles, language has traditionally been taught in a strict, grammatically correct way. While using the King’s English–the grammar focused language of the British upper class–can be useful in writing, most people don’t speak in the “proper” tongue. Unfortunately, this means some accents have more societal clout than others. Economic class, race, and ethnicity play the biggest role in this hierarchy. For unhoused people, who tend to come from low economic classes and are more likely to be POC, discrimination awaits simply for the way they speak.