1996-12-21 - Re: Ebonics

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From: Dale Thorn <dthorn@gte.net>
To: “Timothy C. May” <tcmay@got.net>
Message Hash: d6ed270b3da9c97d666075f9a821d1389eeb4b6cba32415771b8a42ada8b57f6
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UTC Datetime: 1996-12-21 18:10:21 UTC
Raw Date: Sat, 21 Dec 1996 10:10:21 -0800 (PST)

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From: Dale Thorn <dthorn@gte.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Dec 1996 10:10:21 -0800 (PST)
To: "Timothy C. May" <tcmay@got.net>
Subject: Re: Ebonics
In-Reply-To: <v03007801aee10fd61030@[]>
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Timothy C. May wrote:
> At 9:15 PM -0600 12/20/96, Matthew J. Miszewski wrote:
> >Jesus Tim.  You're letting your lilly white show.
> >-feeling-oppressed-by-every-law-in-existance-white-boy
> Yeah, Matt, in a free society I wouldn't have to "speak Ebonics."

The trouble with these f*&%^*&%^* do-gooder programs is that they
miss the point.  How are you going to teach anything using improvised
dialect?  It's just insane.

When I was working at Olympic Sales in El Segundo in 1981, my manager
was a very intelligent and very politically knowledgeable person. One
day I responded to something he said, where I said "shit, bro'" followed
by some jive talk like I've heard before, but couldn't really communicate
in, since I didn't have the experience.  To my surprise, he responded
with some more jive talk, and we traded jive for a minute or so until
I gave up.

It's something I'll never forget - gives me a good laugh whenever I
think about it.  But seriously, they're gonna codify this?  What bozos.