Essay about Black English As A Language

804 Words May 12th, 2015 4 Pages
Language is the most vivid key to identity, it defines people and their experiences. African Americans have been deprived of many things throughout history, and many people seem to forget of all the suffering they received in the past. I believe that when you take someone 's language you are taking their identity, therefore I argue that Black English should be considered a language because it reveals the cruel truths of American society. In “ If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What is?,” James Baldwin agrees with me and stresses “ The argument has nothing to do with language itself but with the role of language” (798). In other words our argument is not only with Black English being a language, but with what Black English represents for the black community. African Americans have a long history of injustice and it is told through their language. During the time of slavery or Martin Luther King era, white Americans did not want to educate blacks and for that reason blacks had to evolve their own form of communication. Baldwin states “Subsequently, the slave was given, under the eye, and the gun, of his master, Congo Square, and the Bible--or in other words, and under these conditions, the slave began the formation of the black church, and it is within this unprecedented tabernacle that black English began to be formed” (800). This implies that blacks were taken from their own identity, and it wasn’t until they were “allowed” to have a church, that they…

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