Fox News and Black English - Ebonics

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AvatarOfAvatar : This video only has 212,115 views in over 6 years.... while anything from wordstar gets over a million in a week. Irony.

LaenPvP : I wish there were more guys like this trying to teach our youth. Sadly, I'm glad that this guy is black himself, simply because if it were a white guy trying to teach black students proper grammar, he or she would be heavily criticized and possibly deemed a racist. It's not necessarily a race thing, It's more of a poverty problem with the lack of quality education. I'm Mexican and i grew up in the ghetto, very few Mexican, black, or white trailer kids spoke properly. I commend this man.

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."

Garrard McClendon : Higher Learning. Think. Adapt. Focus. Code-Switch.

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.

dinnerandashow : Almost every single intelligent and successful black has been disappointed at how defensive and selfish the black community is when they try to help them.

Michael Berg : @moucon Actually, as an 'expert' (having a masters degree in Applied Linguistics), African American Vernacular English (AAVE) is NOT thought of as 'uneducated', it IS relatively standardized (not as codified as Standard English (SE), but that's just because white people write dictionaries), and there are rules. Maybe multi-dialectal offices don't run as smoothly, but that doesn't make SE better than AAVE. Im sure you're a good boss, but I hope you can learn to be a bit more tolerant.

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.

Garrard McClendon : Great comments... keep them coming.

Michael Berg : Language change is a natural process. Typically African American "mistakes" such as /th/ pronounced as /f/, and double negation etc. IS the way the English language is moving. Teaching Black students pronunciation is degrading and a waste of time. Instead, tolerance for a variety of dialects is what should be taught.

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."

gabi123agirman : Lol this shit is priceless

Ja Z : Gerrard is what the black community need.

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

High Spirits : Awesome👍

Marie-Soleil : @ManofManyPasswords As an employer, I'd suggest you to strongly encourage your Ebonics speaking future employees to learn standard english, because they would have much more chances to work normally in your company. But really, like, don't take what Fox News says for granted. It's the least accurate TV channel out there, and I'd suggest you to inform yourself about Ebonics before you make any jugdment on your employees based on their language.

Stanley Kinzinger : i love this. real education.

TheWakeOfRedemption : Props to this man!

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

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

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 !

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

boxofslavery1 : It bothered me when the guy interviewed at the end called AAVE "poor language skills." They're not poor or inferior. They're just as rule-driven as Standard English. Do you teach this to your students? Do they know AAVE is not bad language, but rather just different from what professionals want to hear? Do they know how complex code-switching is? I think if they knew, it'd both lower the shame they feel for speaking AAVE, and raise their confidence as they master Standard English.

Michael Haas : Mr. McClendon, task you are undertaking deserves a more positive response from the black community than you are receiving. Whether or not the dialect is accepted and understood, it is undeniable that poor vocabularies and enunciation only portray one in a negative light in the professional world. However, these dialects and grammatical dialects are nothing compared to the damage text messaging has done to the English language! Keep up the good work, sir!

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.

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

crusader68 : This borderlines a SNL or Mad TV parody: "Tired of getting turned down for jobs...well now you can learn how to speak English correctly....." This is shocking and dismally pathetic. Teaching teenagers to construct a proper sentence, is an abomination and failure of our education system.

SkepticBlog : Good point...don't bother improving your way of life...even if you ended up being the President of the United States people would still hate you for being black. Please...quit using the color of your skin as an excuse not to better yourself....who gives a shit what racist idiots think of you?

hittingtax26 : AAVE is not intrinsically improper.

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.    

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

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

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

Deadprez101 : This is a positive direction. However I don't think it should stop with black kids. Make all Americans speak British English. "Proper American English" is a divergence from it right? So the only proper thing is to change everyone.

DragonsREpic : how is this a bad thing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Geo Synchronous : The fact is blacks are simply to lazy to even speak words with all the letters needed. That's all it is.  It has nothing to do with Africa. It has nothing to do with a different culture. Its just about lazy people. So lazy they can't even speak the language from their own country.  America. Not Africa.  Axe anywun

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

PE Prozent : White people have problems with their English grammar as well (even on television, in movies etc). Wrong. They greeted my girlfriend and I. Correct: They greeted my girlfriend and me (or: me and my girlfriend). Just an example I have heard   itcountless times. Everyone knows that "it's me" is wrong as well, but white people do it anyways.

satellite964 : I hate Ebonics, I only use it for comedy purposes. BTW I'm not American and I'm not white.

BigBoysClimbOnBigRing : Teacher is ignorant. This is how language evolves. Nothing wrong with Ebonics.

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.