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Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S.

Renowned scholar of Black Language H. Samy Alim reveals how major debates about language, race, and educational inequality erupt into moments of racial crisis in America.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Where: MultiCultural Ctr., Channel Islands Rd., UCSB, CA

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Lectures

Description:

Part of UCSB MultiCultural Ctr.'s Race Matters Series

Through an insightful examination of President Barack Obama's language use — and America's response to it — Alim, a renowned scholar of Black Language, reveals how major debates about language, race, and educational inequality erupt into moments of racial crisis in America. In his groundbreaking work, he shows how deeply "language matters" to the national conversation on race — and in our daily lives. H. Samy Alim is Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford University, where he directs the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL) and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA). Co-sponsored by the Black Studies Department and the Center for Black Studies Research.

Phone: 805-893-8411

Event posted Oct. 17, 2012
Last updated Oct. 17, 2012

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Translation: Many white people who think of themselves as being progressive express amazement when a Black is well-spoken.

Black people I know take it as highly insulting when a white person tells them how "articulate" they are. It's akin to saying "that's pretty good...for a girl".

Another uncomfortable subject: Notice how many white people make fun of other Whites when they talk in double negatives but think it's cool or cute when a black person does? (Even though these same white often pat themselves on the shoulders for thinking they're not racist)

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 2:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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