Obama And Talking “Black” After Dark

“McWhorter goes on to call Obama a “gifted mimic.” I’m not convinced that Obama wasn’t exposed to black English until he got to Chicago. It’s true that there aren’t a lot of blacks in Hawaii, at Occidental or Harvard. But we shouldn’t confuse a minority black environment with one where there are no blacks.”

Check out Parlour fave, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog on the Atlantic as he gives his 2cents on a recent story about Michael Steele and Barack Obama’s usage of “Black english” (why do I want to author to say “jive” so bad?). I think we can all agree that Michael Steele should NEVER use the words “dope”, “phat”, “fresh” and “how you like me now” ever again.

Ta-Nehisi X Atlantic


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