Which of the following sentences uses biased language?

A.The Mexican mechanic did an excellent job fixing my car.

B.Because of the particular linguistic differences between English and Asian languages, native English speakers sometimes have difficulty understanding the accents of second language students of Asian background.

C.The Anglo-Saxon male sometimes found himself at a disadvantage in receiving government aid due to the focus on traditionally marginalized groups.

D. Members of the Southern Baptist Association gather once a year for their conference.

3 Comments

  1. C.

    All the rest refer to nationalities and groups in a non-emotive manner. C, however, is using "Anglo-Saxon male" not in its neutral historical sense (a man of the no-longer-extant Germanic peoples in Britain prior to the Norman Conquest) but as an appeal to historical roots for a modern social-political stance: White right-thinking English-descended male (as opposed to the "immigrant leftie lesbian" stereotype).

    You only need to search blogs for ["white Anglo-Saxon male" diversity] https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=lNU&tbo=p&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial&tbs=blg%3A1&q=%22anglo-saxon+male%22+diversity&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= to see that the expression is invariably used as a self-description by men whingeing – from the immensely advantaged mainstream position – about supposed preferential treatment of minorities.

    You might rephrase it as "White males from mainstream culture sometimes found themselves at a disadvantage in receiving government aid due to the focus on traditionally marginalized groups.

    RAY G
  2. They all have some overtones of bias however sentence A does more stereotypical role play than the others in it’s complex stigmatizing of the Mexican people and their capabilities. You could have said the Mexican doctor referred you to his mechanic who did a wonderful job fixing your car.

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