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spideraxis : It's good to see a Black person take responsibility instead of blaming all their failures on Whites.

1wldnczyguy : Here's a guy willing to fight the good fight. But, does he receive any notoriety or support from mainstream media? (That was rhetorical.) And then there's this priceless exchange;  "Why do you think no one's corrected you?" "Cause dey nobody know it dey self." P.S. While McClendon concentrates on his demographic, (where he teaches), this horrible language usage is universally spread, among all racial and ethnic groups, throughout this "dumb downed" nation.

Ja Z : Gerrard is what the black community need.

Οδυσσεας Καρυπιδης : as someone that has learned English as his third language it astounds me to see, that there are countries having it is their formal language have so many people not being able to speak properly, if educational system in the US is so bad then no wonder people consider US citizens as dumb

kc9cra : That having been said, ebonics personally annoys me when it is used too much especially in rap music. Most, not all, rap music is the most ignorant, empty trash I have heard in my life. It greatly upsets me that ebonics is given such special treatment. At UC Berkeley, there are classes. You can even major in it for crying outloud! Southern people are still told to annunciate. I remember this guy on some talk show. He was some kind of therapist. He was there to help a lady with a severe facial deformity adjust to "normal life". The first thing he did was make fun of her southern accent. If she had used ebonics, the man would'vebeen labeled a racist, and his career would literally be over. He might even be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars by the fcc or inprisoned. People from the south who speak with a twang, are called "stupid", but it's fine for a black person to use the word "her" meaning the stuff that grows from your head. In some parts of the south, not the anti bellum high class south, but the lower class good ol boy south, folks say it the same way. People, who are perfectly able to understand these folks, will say, "I can't understand you," or "I don't know what you're saying." Those same people wouldn't dream of saying such things to a black person who walked up and said, "Whata do gir, I keepin it one hunnit, like always, you know. So gir, you wanna go back to my crib. You know, I think you got a real pretty mouf."

arxdeath : Who cares if ebonics is a real variety of English? The important thing is to notice how some people want the world to adapt to themselves instead of them adapting to the world. "Ok, ebonics is a variety, good. Now just start speaking standard English like everyone else."

hdb80 : Nothing bothers me more than when I hear AX come out of someone's mouth.

High Spirits : Awesome👍

TheWakeOfRedemption : Props to this man!

BriansRadioReviews : AAVE is not intrinsically improper.

Stanley Kinzinger : i love this. real education.

whatsgoingon07 : I was wondering what ever happened to Carlton after the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire

SquiggsMitchell : Great Idea! Let's make minorities drop their language, culture & identity to adapt to a standard dialect which is spoken by the people who are in power.

1BrotherMack : Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't George Bush illiterate ? The man was elected president of the united states, yet he couldn't put a proper sentence together, so it shows you just how good it is to be white. These black kids can and should speak proper English, but that doesn't mean they will get a fair shake at a high paying job, and if they do get a good job, it doesn't mean they will get equal pay, so while my young brothers and sisters get educated , white America needs to work on it's racist policies that deliberately keep blacks from earning a equal and fair wage like our white counterparts !

namson lim : 666? ebonics is a sub culture that reflects godly people. these are maybe the most godly subculture on earth . it is a beautiful precious thing. the illuminati is doing divide and conquer tactics and god loves godly black people and the ebonics is just a reflection of intelligence, holiness of the black american people, although any bad person can learn that too. this is the godly poor, down to earth and it is music to God's ears. god adores and loves these holy people who have used this ebonics and he doesnt want the illumnati or anyone else harming people like that in any way. And it shows genius sense of humor of kindness , warmth , understanding, and compassion

Clio Santangelo : This makes totaly sense in my opinion. I live in Europe and speak German, Italian, English and some French. And all four languages have a standard version which is taught at school (so this is pretty normal). This doesn't diminish the value and meaning of the dialects present (in a great variety) in those countries though. It just gives people a common ground in comunication. So any educated person (in most of Europe) will know how to speak both his regional/personal dialect (which he'll probably use with friends and family) and the "proper" or standerd form of his language (which he'll use in a professional context or when he meets somone who hasn't learned his dialect, because it ensures they'll understand each other better). As a result, not knowing the standerd form of your language means (or at least makes you look like) you are uneducated and/or unprofessional. And that we'll bring you A LOOOOOT of disadvantages – not only careerwise! So having and learning a standard version of your language is very important and hasn't anything to do with wanting to bully somone, being racist or the like. This is something ment to help you! Now, how the standart form of your language has become the standard is a whole different discussion which has to do with linguistic development and history, which therefore might eventually mean that there is a historical involvement of racism in its developement. But that doesn't mean someone is racist just because he says, you have to learn today's standard version of your language (which by the way is constantly evolving.) So this is no arguement against learning it, but eventually for reforming it. Having a common language form in your country is important and should be teached to every single citizen. Not doing so is irresponsible, negligent and harmful not only for the indiviual, but also for your whole socity. And someone who isn't willing to learn it is basicly fighting his own chances of a better future.

gabi123agirman : Lol this shit is priceless

RugbyDemon6789 : "Ebonics" is just an older form of English , that was spoken by isolated populations in the deep south and passed on to there offspring .... this is nothing unique black French speakers in Louisiana speak Creole which for the most part is just an architect dialect of French that modern French Speakers would find incorrect - they said during slavery times to teach the slave the "kings English" so they taught them speech patterns imitating the Aristocratic class of England - Funny in so many of these old southern Accents i hear a posh timbre reminiscent of the way Prince Charles and other Royals speak ... that subdued lisp and everything hahah

oyinbo peppe : The Blacks in Britain can't say "ASK" either, it must be Genetic.

Robert DeVito : How is it that these blacks can go all through high school and still not speak proper English?

Mozart : Where are the libs? Come on! TELL us how bad it is to criticize and this is a language itself!

Daniel Smith : "Yes",to the young lady here who stated that she was taught slang,not English.I have 3 children adopted from Ethiopia and my eldest daughter,who is 8 years old,will not say,"Yes,Ma'am".She says,"Yes,Maa". There are a few other words she has picked up that make for poor English. When we were in Ethiopia,no one spoke 'Ebonics' or better known,'slang'.They speak beautiful English. I applaud Mr.McClendon for his tireless efforts to not only teach proper English,but to go against his 'culture'.I have had to take stands against some terrible things my family was doing and it is the hardest thing anyone can do,to rise up in the name of something very good and stand on that battle front for the good of the people you care most about.Stand strong Mr. McClendon,the young people coming out of your classes are music to my ears when they open their mouth to speak!

Thorsten Latz : I think the problem here is not that these kids say ax instead of ask. Speaking dialect is not only perfectly ok, I really like it. The problem is, that these kids cannot switch between their dialect and standard english. I am from Germany. In my home area close to Cologne people speak a dialect that a person from the other side of the country would understand only with difficulties. Anyhow all us speak in addition to the local dialect standard German. I for example can use the regional dialect among my close friends and family, yet I would never use it among strangers, for they might not understand me. In informal situations among strangers I automatically switch to a dialect, that is basically standard German but retains some of the melody and some slight changes in pronounciation, so that someone who knows German accents can place my birthplace within 15 miles. If I am in a formal communication with whomever, I automaticalls switch to perfect standard German as you would hear in the TV news. I know perfectly well the differences between dialect, regiolect (the intermediate thing, that gives away the region but is understandable for any German) and standard German and can swap between them whenever the situation demands it. Of cause there is no standard English as English is spoken in to many different countries all over the world, but at least within the large regions there should be standards. A italian American living somewhere in New Jersey may speak a Jersey English with Italian melody in it among his friends and a black guy in Brooklyn may speak the NYC variety of African American English but if those two guys meet at a conference table, they both should be able to swap to a standard north-eastern American English. But as there sadly is no dialect free standard English another rule must apply: For as long as it is accaptable for a white guy from Alabama to come to New England and while being there to speak like a white guy from Alabama, it cannot be wrong for a black guy from LA to speak like a black guy from LA while in New England. Both of them do not speak "correct" English, but none of the two dialects is per definition better or worse than the other. And if the guy from Alabama may speak his dialect without anyone claiming, that he is uneducated as he does not speak the dialect of English that is used in New England, then the black LA guy should not be considered as uneducated for that reason as well.

DonSnakeEyez : Describing the phonology of AAE as 'poor pronunciation' is a statement that reeks with undertones of racism. This was postulated by those who assumed that black slaves didn't possess the ability to properly emulate the sounds of their masters. Who is then to say that upper class Americans don't have poor pronunciation, as theirs differs from the British? It is sad to see these people, whether it be the news anchors or this pundit discussing language so confidently when it's clear they don't have any background in the subject of linguistics.

Te Sum : Power is at the basis of categorization. The label 'dialect' and 'language' depend on the POWER of the people who speak it (see D.Crystal). Why is the so-called Standard Eng the 'accepted' variety of Eng? Well, because, as a matter of fact, it implies prestige, it EMPOWERS you in this world, like it or not. Ebonics, or AAVE, sounds melodious and rhythmic, it should not be pushed out (clearly, not only for its musicality). RAther, the ability to code-switch would be the best solution: the maintainance of the vernacular language and the proficiency in the Standard, as to provide the African American community the necessary tools to their society: a REAL bilingualism. Smth similar happens in my country, Italy, with many of my people struggling at school with the 'standard' Italian, which is often in contrast with the dialects spoken at home.

Seaneiboy : How ignorant. Black English is not bad grammar. It's different grammar, just like how the languages are splitting in Italy and in Hebrew. It is more exoteric, meaning streamlined.. just like how proto-germanic lost some grammar to form old english, and old english lost some grammar to form english, the same has happened with black english. It's not that black people are ignorant, it's a natural occurrence in all languages. But, black english is also becoming more esoteric. They are adding more complexities than normal english, which gives it a special kind of treatment, kind of like how Scottish English is different than regular english.

DonSnakeEyez : What a ridiculous approach this is. What is 'bad grammar' anyway? Bad grammar is something that sounds wrong to a native speaker of that language, not something that doesn't conform to an arbitrary standard of correctness codified by an elite group that decided they had authority to do so. Also, 'ax' is an import from some late middle ages English dialects. To the geniuses calling 'Ebonics' a "bastardization of an existing language," one could just as easily argue that Modern Standard English is a truly unintelligible bastardization of Middle English.

Joanne Chisena : I hope you succeed in this endeavor. You have a huge task ahead of you. People do not realize how important it is to speak properly. It's one thing to speak any way you wish, among friends and family. However, in a professional setting, you need to speak properly. It really goes a long way toward success.

Matt Olkowski : I will be completely honest here, so if you disagree with me please outline your viewpoints and don't just attack me for thinking differently. Ebonics, also known as African American Vernacular English or Black English Vernacular (I call it BEV) is a dialect of the English language among many others, and there are A LOT of dialects of English, some of which even border on mutual nonintelligibility (imagine a Cockney accent speaking with someone from Jamaica, for example). My point is that we should NOT be attacking certain dialects of English (such as BEV) over others, as natural language can never be "perfect" in a logical nor pragmatic sense of the word. The idea here is the difference between the two major schools of thought in linguistics: prescriptivism and descriptivism. Prescriptivists assert that they know the "proper" way to speak a given language, and any dialect that differs in any way from this "perfect" dialect is considered informal, agramatical, or even offensive to the culture that uses the language. There are various problems with this viewpoint, most of which are explained by one thing prescriptivists overlook: diversity. No two speakers of any language have PRECISELY the same way that they use their language (word choice, syntax of ideas, phonology, they all must vary slightly between speakers). Also, one language need not represent ONE culture. Two examples immediately come to my mind: English and Spanish. Neither is spoken by only one culture. There are many other such languages. Because of this ignorance, prescriptivism was predominant among early linguists. The overwhelming majority of modern linguists are descriptivists. This means that rather than prescribing to native speakers how they should speak, they prefer to describe what it is that native speakers do with the language. This necessitates an awareness of dialectical diversity of course. It also makes it impossible to refer to such imaginary ideas as "proper English" that many people still seem to believe exists. I have read some of the comments here that reaffirm the views of Garrard, and some of them seem to reveal a common thread of ignorance about the true nature of language. Language is not something humans have to be taught. If you are confused by the previous sentence, I recommend reading up on some linguistics. Perhaps start with Pinker's The Language Instinct, which actually mentions BEV. He's an experimental psychologist, but also a leading expert in the psychology of language acquisition. I also suggest viewing the Wikipedia page on BEV. It is here: Note the part about misconceptions of BEV.

DonSnakeEyez : On a pragmatic level it could be argued that learning how to speak in 'Standard American English' is necessary in order to be accepted in upwardly mobile circles, but demonization of a dialect and its speakers displays a true lack of education.

TinaSeptember : Garrard, I admire you and very much support your mission! That's an awesome thing to give to the community - proper native language. You're doing an excellent job! And as a language teacher myself - I'm very proud of you!:) God bless you, sir!:)

Jalin Bruhil : There is nothing wrong with AAVE and there is nothing wrong with Standard English. Just code-switch, know when to use which. Easy does it.

Legojake94 : 1:32, because you can't get anything done when you are constantly afraid of the other color crying racist when it isnt. *cough fergusson cough*

Harmon Tedesco : This guy deserves way more respect. I hate ebonics, it just sounds so stupid. It really grinds my gears when people say things like "I didn't do nothing". Keep up the good work Mr.McClendon. 

Chuy83 : "Black English"?  It's not English!  It's a bastardization of English, it's illiteracy at its finest.

Kyle Beller : "its the form of a subculture" a subculture of gentrification 

Steven Perez : Ebonics: a dialect that can only be learned through ignorance.

CircleHamantash : Lol I'm white and I say ax idek why I just grew up saying it

F A : I'm trying to say ask but I just can't. I naturally say aks I don't know why. Maybe it's in the black gene not able to say ask

zorak65 : An admirarable crusade to be sure,Mr McClendon.It's a task that has to start within the black community.

Hijab Hound : Ima finna.......gonna.....learn.

Jordan : good video, both sides accounted for. that judge saying 'aint' is a bit concerning.

ky ski : but even her example was about not having money

sgtsnakeeyes11 : ebonics is extremely detrimental to african americans and, if im to not be politically correct, makes them appear less intelligent.

FoTownOfficial : i desperately need to know who that tv judge is who says 'it aint yours anymore'. Im going to use it for my coursework (im from england so have no idea) thanks x

Captain Freedom : I think they say " ax" to confuse everybody.

***** : right, u don't see white folks being corrected for this.

G. Chris : Good job, sir. Well done.

JRLM : a peoples accent is only an issue when its black people.. but country people can have their accents and white brooklyn people can have their accents... and its nothing.    

Vampyre1966 : Did you catch the "I gotta do this" at the end?