Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)


Mexican American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Stephanie Alvarez

Second Advisor

Dr. Cinthya Saavedra

Third Advisor

Dr. J. Joy Esquierdo


Language is a tool that brings all of us together, yet at the same time it also sets us apart. For many of us, it is important to be bilingual and biliterate, but for others, bilingualism is something that is pulling this country apart. Many people, after all, view Spanish as a powerful language that can harm this country, a language that has motivated people to attempt to make English the only language. Ana Celia Zentella tell us “Latina/os, who also have a long history in the United States and became the largest minority in the nation in 2003, are accused of threatening the supremacy of English and the nation culture” (623). This is the threat to white supremacy. Anglo want to continue to have linguistic power over Spanish and those who speak it, Latina/os and Spanish is a clear threat to this.


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