Chapter 2: Examining Language Prejudice

[Male speaker on the phone, Latino English voice] Ah, 'ello, yes, can I as'you a few questions about the apartment on Park Street?

[Woman on the other end] What was your name?

[Male speaker on the phone, Latino English voice] My name? My name is Juan Hernandez.

[Woman on the other end] It's been rented.

[Male speaker on the phone, Latino English voice] Ooh, it's gone!

[Male speaker on the phone, Indian English voice] Hello, my name is Sandjai Komar. I am calling about the apartment on Park Street.

[Woman on the other end] It's unavailable.

[Male speaker on the phone, Indian English voice] Not available!

[Male speaker on the phone, African American English voice] Hello, my name is Tyron Washington. I'm calling about the apa'tment on Pa'k Street.

[Woman on the other end] Just been rented.

[Male speaker on the phone, Asian English voice] Hello, I am Chen Lin -

[Male speaker on the phone, Arab English voice] My name is Halib ben Ali -

[Male speaker on the phone, Vietnamese English voice] I'm Twon Vough -

[Male speaker on the phone, Jewish English voice] Hello, my name is Moshe Goldberg. I use a veelchair. It's gone! Not available! Alvight. Tank you!

[Hangs up phone]

[Male speaker on the phone, Standard English voice] Yes, hello my name is Graham Wellington. I'm calling about the apartment for rent on Park Street. Is that still available?

[Woman on the other end] Yes it is.

[Male speaker on the phone, Standard English voice] Oh it is?

[Woman on the other end] Yes.

[Male speaker on the phone, Standard English voice] Really?

[Male speaker continues under narration] That's wonderful! Sure I'd love to make an appointment. What would be convenient for you?

[Narrator (over Male speaker)] Housing discrimination is illegal. If you think you've been a victim because of your race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or family status, call us. Fair housing: it's not an option. It's the law.