Written by young Mexican-American poet Benjamin Garcia, “The Language in Question” is the perfect poem to open discussion on language prejudice. The poem’s political commentary begins with its title; the “language in question” is English because, as the speaker goes on to suggest, no matter the context, English is never not in question. English is, as the speaker says a few lines later, “the apex predator” of languages. We ignore it at our own peril.
The poem also provides simultaneous examples of the following: writing for cathartic release, writing to insult, writing to persuade, writing to illustrate a philosophical treatise, writing to provide historical analysis, writing to establish identity, and writing to reflect.