The Drug Enforcement Agency (Atlanta region) is looking for nine special people who can translate ebonics into English. An agency official claims that there is nothing “racial” about the job. Really??! For those who may be unfamiliar with “Ebonics,” it was originally used to describe the language of individuals descended from Black African slaves, and has since been referred to as “African American Vernacular English.” So, yeah, I would say race does play a part in this. Following the 1996 Oakland California school board case, in which they claimed “black English” was a separate language, there has been much debate … Continue reading If you speak fluent ebonics….the DEA has a job for you!