It’s ‘oppressive’ to speak proper English
University of Wisconsin-Madison student Erika Gallagher thinks that helping students learn proper English is racist.
She’s drawing a national reputation for her research on “code switching,” a practice in which people who grew up using a minority vernacular like Ebonics “change their regular speech tendencies” to sound like the majority.
The Daily Cardinal reports:
Gallagher said she hopes to develop her research into a nonprofit organization that “teaches teachers to teach,” with the goal that educators will eventually express disclaimers at the start of each semester that state they will accept any form of English that students are comfortable with.
Also known as African American Vernacular English, Ebonics is commonly spoken in heavily African-American urban areas.