So, if you really want to hurt me, talk badly about my language. Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity -- I am my language. Until I can take pride in my language, I cannot take pride in myself...I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent’s tongue -- my woman's voice, my sexual voice, my poet's voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence. ... Gloria Anzaldua.