Read James Baldwin’s “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?” on page 88 of your reader, and answer the following questions in the comments section below.
*Please make sure to bring this reading to class, as we will work with it extensively.
- What is Baldwin’s thesis about the role of language?
- When was this piece written? (Hint: there is an index on the last page of the book). Do you feel that it is still relevant today? Why?