This isn’t a call for blacks to learn an additional language to communicate alongside the English we speak now. Even though Hispanics are an increasing percentage of the population- displacing blacks as the largest minority in the process- I’m not advocating the need to learn Spanish; though that may indeed prove helpful.
What I’m advocating here is something quite different and I believe more practical and much more pressing. Blacks are monolingual- we only speak one language and oftentimes it’s at our own expense.
The language isn’t English… it’s race. On occasion, we speak it very well and considering the historical presence of blacks in America, it’s understandable. From slavery to the Emancipation, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow segregation; from the Civil Rights Movement to the present day- our historical reality in America forced blacks to develop a polished articulation of racial language.
But in twenty-first century America, the language…
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