Dear DEA, WTHeck is a Ebonic Translator?

Posted on August 25, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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It has come to my attention that the DEA has been contacting translation companies to find 9 professional ebonic translators. Apprently the DEA is having trouble understanding drug dealers when they tap into their phone calls?

“H. Samy Alim, a Stanford linguistics professor who specializes in black language and hip-hop culture, said he thought the hiring effort was a joke when he first heard about it, but that it highlights a serious issue.

“It seems ironic that schools that are serving and educating black children have not recognized the legitimacy of this language. Yet the authorities and the police are recognizing that this is a language that they don’t understand,” he said. “It really tells us a lot about where we are socially in terms of recognizing African-American speech.””

Students of Color what is the english we learn and is there a standard english? and if so, are these the type of consequences for those who are or are not able to access higher education going to have to deal with?

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