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MSNBC Lauds ‘Articulate’ Use Of ‘Black English’ By Inaudible, Mumbling Witness In Zimmerman Trial

June 28, 2013 by  

MSNBC’s expert John McWhorter, a Columbia University linguist, explains that a star witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial, Rachel Jeantel,  was abused by defense attorneys who simply didn’t understand her dialect.

McWhorter explained: “It’s been a little scary. Sometimes it’s like she’s speaking Hungarian, and he’s speaking Cantonese. She’s been articulate, just in a different kind of English than mainstream English, she’s speaking Black English. Everything she says, where you can see the Twittersphere, or people I know thinking she’s making a grammatical mistake. If a Martian came down and the Martian happened to be in South-Central rather than in Grand Rapids, the Martian would have as hard a time figuring out how this dialect worked as any other. She said in the clip that ‘I had told you.’ Many people are thinking, ‘why is she using that?’ That’s Black English.”


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So, does that mean U.S. courts should begin providing interpreters in cases where Black English speakers and people who speak garden variety English are in mixed company? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Wesley Vickery

    Suggestion!! If she’s unable to speak ENGLISH, sign language would have been a great alternative – MIDDLE FINGER!!! #HogWash

    • Ron r

      Which us what George did to Travon!!!

      • Brent black

        Dude-do you not read your own posts? You arent much better than she was. I dont know if you cant spell or cant type-but you could look at it before you hit “post”. I dont know what the heck ur talking about half the time cause it is either typed so poorly or just plain old doesnt make much sense.

      • Ron r

        Dude,why would you respond to something you don’t understand . You are worse than Zimmerman . Proper grammar on a site like this ??? Dude please.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest timothy.s

    So is “Black English” different from “Ebonics?” Sorry, I am confused as I only speak colloquial English. Also if the ladie’s speech was “articulate” then why was it not understood? Doubly confused?!!

    • Ron r

      I would recommend MSNBC let the issue go and,that most here read some of the crap written on this site. However the young lady spoke she got her point across that TrCin was followed by a coward with a gun,stood his ground and was murdered. Eubonics,hillbilly,or surbonics.

      • ronald r.

        This young lady seemed to me to be very slow in speech and understanding.. She is 19 years old and still in high school a will not graduate until she is 20 or 21. That in itself should reflect a problem with her intellect. It’s obvious that her attention is directed more toward trash talk than proper English. This young lady, 19 and still in high school, admits she cannot read cursive. Are the schools failing our students or is this an isolated case of ignorance? Everytime something occurs between a black and white it is automatically turned into a race thing. Now, turn this whole thing around and put George Zimmerman in Trayvar Martins place and visa versa. The racial card would still be played. I feel, along with many others that this thing should never have gone to trial. In fact Zimmerman should never have been arrested. Zimmerman was arrested and prosecuted to eliminate a potential race riot. Lets see what happens if Zimmerman is not railroaded and found not guilty. I have a feeling the police will be loading up with live rounds instead of rubber bullets.

  • Richard Kummer

    Bull, speaking gutteral trash English isn’t acceptable. They have lived here all thier lives and there is no excuse why they can’t speak their own native language well enough to be understood. It is not an accent, it is not dialect, it’s just trashy eubonics.

    • Ron r

      They who,all blacks,all whites,all hillbillies,all klansmen,all Christians ??you were being so general for a minute I thought you were talking about Jews . But that would be racist would it not?

  • Richard

    I Dont care about English, she is in court and needs to use her school learning English. I have observed as an educator that she is special education material and when that comes to light she will be totally discredited as a witness. There is no excuse for someone her age not to know how to speak English as her first language. Why the prosecution ever thought she could be a star witness is beyond me. An ignorant obese black, as she would put it, retarted woman was abused as the auther stated, but not by the defence attorney. She was sexually abused by travon who took advantaged of someone he knew was special and should have been prosacuted for that crime. Just waiting for all of the background info on the martain family comes to light like his mother sitting there as a failure of a mother making sure her son gets his day in court instead of wondering where he will spend eternity after a racist assault on a creepy ass cracker, something he probably learned from his sweet mother. This case will be thrown out of court or George will be acquired and vindicated. Racism is on the rise in this country in the black community and if there isany social unrest after a verdict of not guilty, the police and national guard will load up with live rounds and put the rioter and looter down in short order. And you know that the blacks never miss an oopportunity to steal and destroy private property, even their own. They do not help or further their cause with this behavior and people like Col Allen West and Dr Ben Carson, Ambassador Allen Keys and the host of other good conservative blacks must be embarrassed to death by their behavior which should be credited to the environment BHO has created with his behavior and policies. This could very well be the seed that ushers in civil unrest

    • Ron r

      So a special needs person is not to be beleives? The rest of your ignorant rant is not worthy of a response.

    • Ron r

      Well if you are an educator I hope you have little or no contact with minority or any other kids.

      • Richard Kummer

        Hey, let that black bimbo bitch talk! She makes a great witness for the defense. Zimmerman was only charged to appease the poor downtrodden blacks so another Rodney King event didn’t give them any excuse they wanted to riot. Free Zimmerman!!!!!

        • Wesley Vickery

          Where were all these black, liberal retards who have had much to say on this issue. Strange when OJ Simpson butchered his wife, the silence was deafening from the black community, who have much to say about Zimmer!! Racists, she was white, so are we to assume OJ was a victim of circumstances? No longer trial by media, but race based vile rhetoric, from so called previously disadvantaged blacks. One is innocent until proven guilty – or does this legal principal only relate to blacks??!!

  • RJ

    No it’s called lazy English.

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