A researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has deemed standard English too difficult and oppressive for minorities, suggesting schools grant them permission to speak ebonics instead.
The Daily Cardinal reports that the student, Erika Gallagher, “realized, as she sat in her seminar class of predominantly white students, that she wanted to focus on standard written English and how it excludes marginalized groups.”
Gallagher proceeded to conduct a mere three interviews with “leaders from marginalized groups” and found that they all find having to use standard English “overwhelmingly” oppressive....The Daily Cardinal states that Gallagher hopes to funnel her research into a nonprofit organization that “teaches teachers to teach,” and apparently accept alternate language forms like ebonics.
“Just because you speak a different way doesn’t mean you’re not smart,” she said.
“But there’s a huge stigma around it. I want to teach [educators] a different rhetoric, teach them more to be more accepting.”..."