Your thoughts on "Black English"

By Gary McNair - bio|email

Our commentary last week on a lesson taught at UNCW called Black English got a lot of reaction.  It wasn't so much for or against, agree or disagree – but most of it fell into one of three areas.

Some, like David, were upset that the program was even being offered:

Teachers should be teaching the correct way. Encouraging students to continue to talk this way will not contribute to success or their future.

Others, like Gwendolyn, were simply upset with the name of the program:

As a person of color, I take offense to the term Black English. If the professor were to walk into any high school in Wilmington and talk to the children I am sure he will find it is not just black children using slang.

And we heard from a few students of Dr Martinez - who are sticking up for their professor. Amy is one of them:

I am angered by all of these hateful comments towards my wonderful professor. I am currently taking a course with this man and let me tell you - he is an AMAZING educator. He is very passionate about his work, and wants nothing more than for his students to succeed.

That's some of your turn on Black English.  You can see more on our web site,  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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