It’s long been accepted that the slur shouldn’t be used by white people to refer to black people. What about referring to the word itself?
He equated being poor with being a person of color. But many people share that sociological assumption.
The definition has grown and shifted over time.
School integration yielded a disturbing by-product: a psychological association between scholastic achievement and whiteness.
A great deal of communication is based on metaphor.
Have 2020 candidates been reading too much French philosophy?
Children can learn quickly by sounding out words, letter by letter—but somehow, the method is still controversial.
Commentary on New York’s elite high schools has focused wrongly on access over preparation.
Embracing your inner child is comforting and fun—and just might revitalize the English language.
Her critics are misreading the linguistic reality of America’s big cities.
Many of the roots of Black English reach back to the speech of rural white folks in the British Isles.
It shows a peculiar aspect of 21st-century America: victimhood chic.
Perhaps there is a difference between donning it to mock black people and donning it to resemble someone, as Mark Herring did.
Court stenographers often misunderstand Black English, and their mistakes could affect people’s lives at crucial junctures.
The incident has been misanalyzed and misjudged—and the Rochester broadcaster should be reinstated.
They suggest not just inadequate manners or polish, but inadequate thought.
Third-wave anti-racism makes sense, and fits into the longer struggle, but it’s a dead end.
As more English speakers adopt the singular they and reject the gender binary, resisters will have to accept that language changes over time.
It’s not the word that matters—it’s the sentiment.
Accepting it as an alternative form of the language, and not a degraded one, requires being open to artists employing it in their work, even if they didn't grow up speaking it.