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On Thu, 13 Jan 2000 [log in to unmask] wrote:

> Patrick, you proved the point about Black English, though seemed
> to miss it yourself.  Black English is slang.  Bad english in the
> same sense as "Thanks dude." or "What's up?" is.  I do not question
> its languagehood based on semantics.  I question it because it
> the people who speak it have a good four-five synonyms for their
> race.  Regardles of whether it *should be* considered a language
> of its own right, it started being called a language out of
> consideration for racial-oversensitivity.

Of course, that wasn't the point at all.  Are you sure you're not in my
class?  You sound a lot like one of my freshmen.