The Corner

Dean’s Ebonics Epiphany

Howard Dean offered his views on HREF=””>Ebonics during an HREF=””>interview with

Boston Globe columnist Derrick Jackson:

Dean said his own education about unconscious racism began at Yale, where

he graduated in 1971. He was trying to get a child from the inner city of

New Haven that he was tutoring to talk “proper” English. One of his

African-American roommates told him, “Why don’t you leave him alone?”

To speak proper English is to have a leg up on success in America. Howard

Dean knows this. That’s why he gives his angry campaign speeches in proper

English, not Ebonics. Black children deserve better than Dean’s condescension.