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The Rights Wrongs Of Black English What is Black English Is it a dialect or is it a lazy form of speaking Standard English The fact is that no matter what we think of Black English it is spoken by millions of African American children Until just recently there were no studies done on Black English Black English was just considered an improper and a lazy form of Standard English spoken by only Black people Due to the lack of knowledge about the history of the dialect many children have and still are suffering the consequences of the stereotypes of the dialect The primary consequence of this lack of knowledge is that most African American children do poorly in school because schools refuse to acknowledge that most Black childrens first language at home is Black English also known as Ebonics If American schools can take the time to teach foreign children the grammar and pronunciation of Standard English why cant schools take the time to teach American Black children the differences between Black English and Standard Providing these children with information of how Black English came about teaching them that black English is not improper and most important teaching them to have pride of their African heritage will boost their self-esteem In the essay The History of the Voice Edward Kamau Brathwaite explains that when African slaves were brought over to the Caribbean they were not allowed to speak in their native languages The English the French and the Dutch only allowed their language to be spoken in public This caused what Brathwaite call a submergence of this imported language 6-8 This submergence of langue is what became Black English Black English is a mixture of English French Dutch and African dialects A similar submergcian of languages happened in America Slaves had to submerge their African languages because they needed a common form of communication with each other and their masters
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