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You can’t be black in America and not have gotten a seminar on Code Switching.

The idea is simple enough to understand. Slang and abbreviations have permeated black culture, so much so that many older African Americans believe that the way their sons and daughters convey their thoughts should be tailored to their audience. Essentially we’re trying to teach an entire generation to have one set of speech patterns on their block and another at the office.

I think it’s a great idea. Of course, I thought it was a great idea when it was included in the basic box of life skills that everyone should have by the time they graduated high school. I suppose treating the symptom of the problem instead of the actual problem is much more satisfying though.

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