Marxists are often criticized for analyzing everything from the perspective of economic classes. Fairly so, because in today’s world, what determines a person’s socio-economic well being is not his class but his accent for speaking English. A “good” accent (good here means similar to native speakers in
Such is the demand for “good” English accent that a huge industry for accent training has developed in call center countries like
So how do the 5 billion odd people in the world, whose mother tongue is not English, cope with this cultural oppression? While the blacks and the aborigines have had liberal movements supporting their cause, no one is even thinking of starting on “I have a dream” speech for “bad” accented people. And given that such a speech will by have to be delivered by someone who herself has a “bad” accent, its media success would be highly uncertain.
Some like the French and the Jamaicans have adapted rather well by marketing their accents as sexy and cool respectively. But what about the South Indians or the native Chinese whose accents are unlikely to be promoted by
One can argue that the non-native English speakers are just doing the Anglo-Saxons a favor by agreeing to speak in their language. But tell that to a Singaporean mother who would almost cane her child flat if he dared to pick up the Singlish accent in school. In the murky world of parenthood in