The real objective for ebonics
, like Afrocentric education, is to immobilize and often to discredit the public school systems efforts to teach the standard English.
Nor, surely, did Baker's "better" characterize extenuated rationalizations of Ebonics
, gangsta-rap celebrations of black self-immolation, or widespread black support for O.
"There has been more of a focus on Ebonics
as a term than on at-risk youth as a fact."
Reesie (as we have been repeatedly reminded by the ethnographers of Ebonics
) is the descendant of West African slaves, suspended in the lower depths of urban American society.
Loosely defined, Ebonics
is the latest incarnation of what some academics call "black English" -- a language, rooted in African culture, that is a distinctively African American interpretation of traditional American English.
Oakland mayor Elihu Harris, who is black, says ebonics
is simply slang.
" is a term coined by black linguists that combines the words "ebony" and "phonetics." Jerome D.
The first chapter, titled "Theoretical foundation for Afrocentricity and Ebonics
," is a theoretical depiction of (past) understanding of Afrocentric pedagogy through the lenses of corporate discipline such as education, sociolinguistic, and rhetoric and compositions.
Another differentiation for African/Black Canadian writers, one that demarcates us from the larger Diaspora but that connects us strongly to Canada, is that, generally, we tend to be more intellectual in our utterance than "folksy." Even our Spoken Word or Slam or Performance poets, no matter how much patois or Ebonics
, they "bring," own a university degree--or two, and almost always give lessons in Black/Canadian history.
Dissin' "the standard": Ebonics
as guerrilla warfare at Capital High.
Cosby, of course, was referring to "ebonics
" in this excerpt from a speech he delivered at Constitution Hall on May 22, 2004, in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Brown v.
Despite the heavy use of Ebonics
and the over-the-top attitude of the main character, Esme, and her friends, this book is an enjoyable read for teenagers of all ages.