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ATLANTA – Federal agents are seeking to hire Ebonics translators to help interpret wiretapped conversations involving targets of undercover drug investigations.
The Drug Enforcement Agency recently sent memos asking companies that provide translation services to help it find nine translators in the Southeast who are fluent in Ebonics, Special Agent Michael Sanders said Monday.
Ebonics, which is also known as African American Vernacular English, has been described by the psychologist who coined the term as the combination of English vocabulary with African language structure.
"It seems ironic that schools that are serving and educating black children have not recognized the legitimacy of this language. Yet the authorities and the police are recognizing that this is a language that they don't understand," he said. "It really tells us a lot about where we are socially in terms of recognizing African-American speech."
Originally posted by buni11687
When I first saw the article, I wasnt sure if it was a joke or not. But its real i guess. Great way to spend our tax dollars on, and one of the smartest things our government could think of at the moment.....considering the economy, war, everything else......Havent they heard of asking a rapper what something means? Maybe look up the website - Urban Dictionary i think its called?
This is funny, but in a stupid way. I just cant stop shaking my head on this one....