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Unformatted text preview: Nghia 1 Nghia Nguyen Mrs. Debra Hays Eng 100-014 November 10, 2008 Languages Discrimination David D. Troutt wrote an essay “Defining Who We Are in Society” to argue about Ebonics that exists in our society. At the beginning of the essay, he claims that language defines our identity more than anything else. Ebonics is described in his essay as a measurement between the lower-class and the middle-class. However, Ebonics has reasons to meet many people needs. Therefore, he believes in the Oakland resolution can help people, especially black schoolchildren, learn Standard English through Ebonics. I strongly agree with the author that our linguistic skill is so important, as he says: “nothing determines as much about where we can and cannot go” (289). But in my opinion, I think Ebonics is poor English that we should not support to keep it in our society. Everyone should learn how to write and speak English properly, it not only make it easier to communicate in the U.S. society but also the world society. For instance, as a student from Vietnam, I have a hard time when I talk to some friends who use society....
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- Spring '10
- Ebonics, David D. Troutt