In various schools in Uganda, and some other parts of Africa, children as young as five are punished for speaking African languages, indigenous languages and mother tongues at school. The modes of punishment differ. The most common one in Uganda is wearing a dirty sack until you meet someone else speaking their mother tongue and then you pass the sack on to them. In some schools, there are specific pupils and students tasked with compiling lists of fellow pupils and students speaking mother tongues. This list is then handed over to a teacher responsible for punishing these language rule-breakers. According to Gilbert Kaburu, some schools have aprons that read: “Shame on me, I was speaking vernacular” handed over to an offender of the No Vernacular rule, who then is tasked with finding the next culprit to give the apron. Most of the punishments, in their symbolism emphasise the uselessness of the African languages.

Commenting on a photo of two children in Uganda wearing dirty sacks as punishment for speaking their mother tongues, Zimbabwean writer, Tendai Huchu says:

“That sums up our self loathing and inferiority complex. Junot Diaz once said we do a better job of enforcing white supremacy ourselves than white supremacists ever could. I should add, notice how the punishment consists of wearing sack-cloth. The image is telling. You are rags if you speak your own language.”

Halima Hosh, agreeing with Tendai Huchu opines:

“It’s outrageous. What a slave mentality that a colonial language is considered higher or better/more worth than their own local language. Unbelievable. Do the Europeans learn any African language in school? No. Why not? Because we are not proud of our heritage, not proud of our languages, not proud of Black African history. These teachers need to be fired.

This is a serious problem. Read the entire article here: http://thisisafrica.me/schools-punishing-children-speaking-african-languages/ (via linglife)

Languages don’t generally become endangered because people just don’t really feel like speaking them anymore: it’s often much more brutal. And similar methods for repressing indigenous languages happen all over the world: this reminded me of a memorable quote from a man in Alaska “Whenever I speak Tlingit, I can still taste the soap.” 

(via allthingslinguistic)

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Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
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Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
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huffingtonpost:

Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
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huffingtonpost:

Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
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huffingtonpost:

Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
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huffingtonpost:

Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
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huffingtonpost:

Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
Zoom Info
huffingtonpost:

Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
Zoom Info
huffingtonpost:

Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
Zoom Info
huffingtonpost:

Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship 
When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.
For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.
Zoom Info

huffingtonpost:

Inseparable Dog Besties Who Were Rescued Together Are The True Meaning Of Friendship

When Annie Hart got out of her car in East Los Angeles earlier this month, she was expecting to find two white-furred, abandoned dogs who had been wandering around the streets together for weeks. What she didn’t expect, however, was to find a canine couple whose friendship would astound and inspire her.

For an exclusive interview with rescuer Annie Hart and how to help and adopt these two pups go here.

Young writers should read books past bedtime and write things down in notebooks when they are supposed to be doing something else.

Lemony Snicket (via maxkirin)

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Halloween falls right in the middle of asexual awareness week.
So, like, I’m not saying asexuals are super awesome skeleton warriors, but let’s look at the facts here…

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BREAKING: Ferguson Officers Not All Wearing ID After Two Justice Deparment Orders

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Many of the police officers present during protests that followed the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri did not wear nametags and refused to identify themselves to members of the public when asked, a practice that is prohbited by law in some places and by department policy in many others. Per a Department of Justice letter sent to Ferguson police on September 23, Ferguson officers are in fact required to wear identification by the department’s own regulations. The DoJ instructed officers to begin following this requirement immediately. From Reuters:  

…the Justice Department said its investigators had observed Ferguson police officers not wearing, or obscuring, their name tags on their uniforms, a violation of the police department’s rules.
"The failure to wear name plates conveys a message to community members that, through anonymity, officers may seek to act with impunity," the letter said.

The Justice Department then reiterated the identification requirement in a second letter to Ferguson police (whose main purpose was demanding that officers stop wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” solidarity bracelets).

It further was reported to us that some officers affirmatively displaying these bracelets had black tape over their name plates. The practice of not wearing, or obscuring, name plates violates your own department’s policies, which we advised you earlier this week when we requested that you end the practice imrnediately.

The second letter is dated September 26, which was last Friday. Here’s an excerpt from a New York Times account of events in Ferguson on Sunday.

A gaggle of journalists standing near the protest spotted a police officer who was not wearing a name tag. When a cameraman asked his name, the officer refused to give it and left the area

Maybe the third time will be the charm when it comes to the Justice Department reminding Ferguson to follow their own rules.

Source: Ben Mathis-Lilley for The Slatest