A college junior who says that “As a white-passing person, I have a lot of power and privilege that should be shared.” wants universal acceptance for blacks to speak in Ebonics. If you think that’s stupid, she was chosen to speak at the Collegiate Conference on Composition and Communication in Portland, Oregon.
An undergraduate researcher at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has gained national acclaim for her research showing, she says, that members of minority groups feel oppressed by standard, grammatical English.
The researcher is Erika Gallagher, reports The Daily Cardinal, the student newspaper on the taxpayer-funded campus.
The focus of the junior’s research is a theory called “code switching.” Basically, adherents of “code switching” say that individuals will seek to alter their speech patterns to fit the group of people with which they are communicating. (RELATED: ‘Ma Lips Ah Sealed!’ Hillary Uses Black Accent In Chat With Sharpton)
Members of minority groups feel especially marginalized because of “code switching,” Gallagher’s research found.
To avoid any hurt feelings some people may feel by attempting to speak standard, correct English, Gallagher wants to eradicate the stigma associated with Ebonics — or African–American Vernacular English.
OK. You let them speak Ebonics through high school and college. Now, where the hell do they go to get a job? They definitely can’t work at ant job where they have to interact with people. You also make them social cripples unless their life’s plan is to sit on the street corner and deal drugs.
The social welfare major’s acclaimed research involved talking at length with three minority students about how they perceive language. Using standard English as “the biggest form of cognitive dissonance that exists,” one of the students said.
“Just because you speak a different way doesn’t mean you’re not smart,” Gallagher told the Cardinal.
Gallagher is a Posse scholar at UW-Madison. The Posse scholar program “identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes.”