…you speak in Ebonics? This according to a new book by renowned author and conservative thinker Thomas Sowell.
Well, pass me the shotgun & beer!
In his book “Black Rednecks, White Liberals”, Sowell chronicles how the many of the aspects of today’s “Black Culture” actually originated with European whites commonly referred to by their peers as Rednecks.
Saying “acrost” for “across” or “ax” for “ask” are today considered to be part of black English. But this way of talking was common centuries ago in those regions of Britain from which white Southerners came. They brought with them more than their own dialect. They brought a whole way of life that made antebellum white Southerners very different from white Northerners.
Many have asked why I prefer to us the term “Black” as opposed to “African American”. This is because I feel that our experiences as a people uniquely changed our culture and way of thinking from Africans. Slavery, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era and the Civil Rights movement all played a major role in shaping who we are as a people and how we looked at the world. Not that our African heritage hasn’t played a significant role in this process, it has. But it is just one part of who we are.
I am an American! And as a part of the Black subculture in America, the history and experiences that have been passed down to me are not the same as my African cousins thousands of miles across the Atlantic. Let’s not get so caught up in being “Afrocentric” that we miss out on a major part of who we are.
The Black American Experience is a story of hardship and survival. But it is rich with triumphs and success. Let’s not forget that!
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