Jamelle Bouuie Talking White Analysis

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In “Talking White”, Jamelle Bouie addresses how white people in society evaluate African-Americans when they speak a certain way. Whether it’s using “proper” English or African American Vernacular English (Ebonics), because of this stereotype on how we should talk, African Americans are put in category of intelligence. He uses the ideas of Jason Riley, a Wall Street Journal columnist, John Ogbu, a professor of anthropology, Ron Christie and Stuart Buck authors, and sociologists Karolyn Tyson, William Darity Jr., and Domini Castellino to connect his thoughts and theories. He also uses a video from Live Leaks about a black woman’s opinions on proper English to tie his whole article together. His point was that this is an example of racial ridiculing and black people shouldn’t let it be a feature of black culture.
After reading Bouie’s Article, I did notice that he quoted many different people who have knowledge and opinions on talking white and the
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