Friday, February 20, 2009

On Language

Discursing on a topic often treated by linguist John McWhorter, Ta-Nehisi Coates nails this insight about opponents of the African-American dialect of English:

... the desire to patrol someone else's accent strikes me as deeply incurious. It is intelligence as artifice, a knowledge garnered to, at best, kowtow to equally incurious people or, at worst, preen over others who aren't as fortunate.

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