29 April 2014

Black English the New English

"Black English" is it a way of life? Can it be a way of expressing yourself in your own way? In the essay Nobody Mean More to Me Than You, and the Future Life of Willie Jordan by June Jordan, she goes in depth about the the usage of "Black English." She goes on by stating rules on how to use "Black English", like for example it is not all about swearing or just trowing words together but to have a pattern and rhythm of speech. In addition, "Black English" most of the times is wrong "Standard English" and you did not have to worry about spelling. As well as, stating that most of the Afro-Americans living in the United States depend on this language to communicate and to express a way of though. June was teaching her class about this way because she noticed that the class was not interested in a book called The Color Purple by Alice Walker that was written in "Standard English." Well the class was not interested in the book until the teacher asked the class to translate a section of the book into "Black English" was when the class started to catch interest in the book. She had a very special bond with a student of hers named Willie J. Jordan Jr. a very intelligent man, very shy, always on time to class and was always into the discussions with in the class. Until one day, Willie just stop showing up to class and was not heard from for quite awhile until he reached out to his teacher one day. She then found out about his brother being shot by police officers while being unarmed. She was heart broken to find out that tragedy that had occurred. She wanted to tell the world of this tragedy she wrote letters to try to get them on the newspaper or on the T.V. so they can raise money to prosecute the murder of Willie's brother. They never raised the money for the prosecution but Willie did write an essay in "Black English" and "Standard English" expressing how he felt about his brothers death and about making changes in society

I believe the point June was trying to make with this essay was that, no matter who you are, where you come from, what you are, who you may be come, it does not matter because in this society we are being molded into what society think we should be but we do not need to change who we are how we feel, how we express ourselves, how we communicate with one another. This is why I think she wrote about "Black English" to tell us that even though we have rules and mandatory languages that have to be learn but that does not have to mean that we can not be different in our own ways. For many year the "Man" has put an image into our head of what the ideal man(person) should be, how should he represent him self, how should he speak. We are all different in our own ways and that is what makes us unique. I believe June added Willies entire essay to show the reader how Willie expressed himself and communicated with his readers in his style of text "Black English."

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