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ERIC Number: EJ776452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
"I Want to Be African": In Search of a Black Radical Tradition/African-American Vernacularized Paradigm for "Students' Right to Their Own Language," Critical Literacy, and "Class Politics"
Kynard, Carmen
College English, v69 n4 p360-390 Mar 2007
By revisiting the work of the Black Caucus and the radical rhetorics connected to Black Power and the black radical tradition, in this essay the author hopes to rebuild a frame where the picture of an African-American-vernacularized paradigm for critical literacy and social justice can emerge. She revisits the twinning of "Black Power/Black English" as discussed in chapter 3 of Stephen Parks's book "Class Politics" and explores the history of the Students' Right to Their Own Language (SRTOL) in an attempt to present a more dynamic, multidimensional and complex process for how class, culture, African origins, race, and black activism/radicalism were framed. She also presents her critique to the sections of "Other People's Children" by Lisa Delpit where Parks has obtained his two most extensive quotations. Today the possibilities for SRTOL fall squarely in line with inadequate responses to the antisystematic nature of sixties social justice movements. The legacy of SRTOL and its current possibilities can only be understood inside of the calls for change forward by the Black Power Movements that exist outside of the current imaginations of and workings toward a linguistically diverse, ethno-middle class that can code-switch to match "codes of power" instead of undoing them. (Contains 27 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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