This is a very important conversation we don’t have enough. I’ll never forget my mother (who was a city employee in the deep south) taught us TWO languages/tongues. One was the King’s English, the language we were taught in school, the one that would open all the White doors, and make our lives supposedly easier — then there was our home language (now called Ebonics). I grew up with my family folks hailing from Charleston, SC (where the Gullah culture, language and dialect is still prominent) and other parts of the low country where there is a long history in slavery/sharecropping. With that history came a language.

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