On language and defiance: a Q & A with Ilan Stavans

"The Trump Administration has taken down from the White House official website all references to Spanish. This to me is another symptom of its anti-globalist views." We caught up with Ilan Stavans,
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We caught up with Ilan Stavans, Editor in Chief of Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies, to discuss his recent New York Times editorial, the use of the Spanish language in the United States, and why Spanish isn’t a foreign language in the US. You recently published a New York Times op-ed called “Trump, the Wall and the Spanish Language,” in which you suggest that “the Spanish language in the United States has suddenly become a tool of defiance.” Could you explain this further? The Trump Administration has taken down from the White House official website all references to Spanish. This to me is another symptom of its anti-globalist views. Spanish is not only the second language of the United States. It is also a window to a rich, multifaceted, essential aspect of the nation’s history. By censoring Spanish, my impression is that the Trump Administration is promoting a version of American history that fits into the president’s political base but not into reality. You also. . .

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