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  • Black Child's Language
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    "Oppressive Forces " Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" and James Baldwin's "If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?" discusses the power in language and how it is defined as a tool for communication but is used to shape people's perception of others. Both Tan and Baldwin state that language is used as an oppressive force that doesn't properly acknowledge minorities and the lack of proficiency in "standard" English doesn't allow them to participate with society equally. Within Baldwin's...
  • Use Black English
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    Ebonics, or Black English, was recently a controversial topic in the United States, when the Oakland School District school board attempted to classify ebonics as a completely different language from Standard American English (SAE). There was further controversy when the school board stated that ebonics was genetic. This report will explain Ebonics and its origin, as well as the Oakland school board case. There are over 20 million blacks in the United States today. It is hard to tell exactly how...
  • Support In Classifying Ebonics As A Language
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    Ebonics Is (or Is Not) a Language Before getting into any great detail concerning the complexity of what language is and its relationship with the term Ebonics, Ebonics must first be defined. It is considered to be best described as "black speech" and therefore can be referred to as an "undefined language". Many consider language to be a spoken tongue belonging to a nationality of people, so in general, and for the sake of clarity in this work, language is a general communication concept by whic...
  • Common Subject Between Black Poets And Rappers
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    Rap vs. Poetry Essay submitted by Vital Styles "When I first started rapping, me and a couple brothers would all sit around my place free styling while someone beat boxed. I even used to tell all the girls that I was a poet. They seemed to find it a little more touching than a rapper" (Prince Paul, The Source 16) The lyrics of rappers are very similar to the words of Black poets. It is argued as to wether or not rap is a viable form of poetry. Both discuss similar subjects, write in the same sty...
  • Female Genital Mutilation O Aw
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    o Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia. She was born into a poor sharecropper family, and the last of eight children. o At the age of 8 she was accidentally shot in the eye by her brother and was blinded on one eye until she the age of 14 when she got an operation and regained some of her sight. o This experience made her very secluded and reserved. She thought a lot about suicide but found comfort in writing. She became an observer rather than a participator in everyda...
  • Mixture Of English And Some Other Language
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    This week's reading about race questioned the common idea of what race is. Most people would think of race as a physical, concrete identity stemming from ancestry. Superficial qualities, such as skin color, dominate the common views of race. Fields, however, throws out the idea of race being a concrete entity, and instead says that race is purely ideological. It is something brought about by social issues and concerns, and is entirely socially and historically constructed as an ideology in a way...

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