Black English Or Standard English (June Jordan)

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Black English or Standard English? That was the question June Jordan ¡ ¦s students were faced with. They wanted to write a letter to the police about the brother of a fellow student, Willie Jordan that had been killed by cops. Should the students use Standard English and write a professional letter which contains no feeling and might not get the point across? Or should the letter be written in Black English, where there is the possibility that it will not be understood or disregarded. And while discussing the topic of Black English, ask yourself, while these students are fighting racism, are they also supporting it?

At the State University of New York at Stony Book, Professor June Jordan taught a course called ¡ §The Art of Black English ¡ . This class was focused on teaching students the language of African Americans who first came to this country. This language was titled ¡ §Black English. ¡ A group of rules were established, titled ¡ §Guidelines for Black English ¡ , one of which states: ¡ §Clarity: If the sentence is not clear then it is not Black English. It is a language that is kept simple and strays from many of the rules of Standard English. Instead of using

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