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Let Me Explain This to You

Cheryl Green (Southern Connecticut State University School of Nursing, USA)

Social Justice Case Studies

ISBN: 978-1-80455-747-1, eISBN: 978-1-80455-746-4

Publication date: 9 February 2023


The presumption of lack of knowledge is commonly assumed when a person of low socioeconomic status or an ethnic minority speaks in a professional setting. Differences should not be equated with lack of ability. Persons to whom English is a second language can experience discrimination because they speak with an accent. Presumption made about a person's ability to comprehend what another person is saying to them can be easily remedied in healthcare settings by requesting an in-person translator or obtaining technologies that can facilitate language translation. Interpretation is not an option in modern day healthcare settings, it is a requirement. If this requirement is not met, failure to provide translation services becomes a social justice issue.


Green, C. (2023), "Let Me Explain This to You", Social Justice Case Studies, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 81-84.



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