30 April 2014


       In a recent article I read titled Suite For Ebony and phonics by John Rickford where in the early 90's this Oakland school board has approved a resolution that was recognized as a primary language of African American students. the reaction of most people across the country in the media, at holiday gatherings and a electronic bulletin boards was overwhelming  negative. in the flash flood of emails on America on online. Ebonics was described as lazy English, bastardized English poor grammar, and fractured slang. Oakland's decision to recognize Ebonics and use it to facilitate mastery of standard English also elicited superlative of negativity ridiculous ludicrous "very, very stupid" a terrible mistake.

Dear Mr.. Rickford,
           I currently read an article Written by you titled Suite for ebony and phonics and I'm actually glad you brought this to my attention and for many different reasons. One reason being that Ebonics is actually a form of commutation in my eyes and is used highly among people where its happens to have largely a vast amount of multicultural people also use Ebonics and not only African Americans which gives use the understanding that it isn't just slang but actually a language like the English language or any language in this case. In the article the spoke shamefully on the idea of it being taught in school which can be understandable if Ebonics didn't follow rules to but it actually does have rules to it like the English language has rules which is only usually applied when writing as far as punitions and thing of that nature but not when simply commutating between parties. They even called it a fractured slang but when you look at it from a larger view when language's are created they usually are fractions or pieces of other words which all ready exist not saying its stolen but its understood and then given a slightly curve to it where its now has its know identity in the sense for example the word "icon" meaning a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something. which comes form the Greek word eikon  which has nearly the same definition meaning a visual representation and all the English language didn't was change the spelling when adapting the word to its culture but you don't hear people calling the English language a bastardized language or fractured Greek so why not take Ebonics serious and allow it to be taught in school as part of the African American culture.

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