Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wow! I'm a racist!!! Cool, huh?

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Proper English’ op-ed revealed author’s racism


What an interesting Opinion piece by Peter Huston in the Jan. 24 Gazette (“White-black speech differences is a subject that we ignore”). When I say interesting, of course, what I mean is amazingly racist.
Now I’m sure Mr. Huston feels he has his bases covered by pointing out that we would all love to live next door to Bill Cosby, and that we have Mr. Obama for our president; so of course he can’t be racist, as he recognizes these prominent black people. Well, Huston, we have a problem.
Sadly, he is under the belief that the inability to speak “proper English” belongs solely to the blacks of America. Apparently Mr. Huston, who goes on to call this speech everything from ebonics to ghetto-speak, has never actually been to the “ghetto.”
Allow me to educate him on the defi - nition of ghetto. The ghetto was originally a quarter of a city in which Jews were forced to live, an idea originating in Italy. It has since come to mean any area of the city where a minority lives. Mr. Huston, please note the lack of any of the following words: black, Negro, African-American, colored person, or any of the other colorful terms in your piece. If you’d actually been to a ghetto, you’d see they are not merely populated by blacks — you might even take off the race-colored glasses long enough to notice the white people there!
In addition to Mr. Huston’s selective vision, he apparently suffers from selective hearing, as he has apparently never heard the number of white people who cannot properly use the English language.
If Mr. Huston would like to know the solution to the “speech difference” problem, I would suggest he take a hard look in the mirror, and he may recognize that his own racist assertions are quite an affront to the English language, too.
SEAN MEARNS
Glenville

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