Obama's Grammar Deemed Elitist, Too Proper for a Black Man


11.20.08 (6:31 pm)   [edit]

Obama's Grammar Deemed Elitist, Too Proper for a Black Man

I just read a bulletin post in MySpace that said the following:
According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a President who speaks English as if it were his first language.

"Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement," says Mr. Logsdon." If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist."

The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, "Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate - we get it, stop showing off."
It's President-Elect Obama, not Mr. Obama. Get it right, jackass. And, I do believe that English is indeed President-Elect Obama's first language.

Black folks will never catch a break. If we use poor grammar, people complain and call us ghetto and uneducated. If we use proper grammar, we're called elitists - or sadity as my family members used to call me.

The real problem here is that no one expects to hear Black people using proper grammar. In high school, I edited my white friends' English papers for them only to have them receive higher grades than I did. It seems Mrs. Dunaway approached my paper with a much more critical eye than the one she used when she graded her white students' papers.

Classist Americans of all races want Black Americans to remain in "their place." Educated Black Americans scare the hell out of people who have to step outside their comfort zone - a zone they live in when they deal with people they assume are less educated than they are.

I have to be honest with my readers and state that I've read emails, letters and blog posts written by people who have an advanced degree and I'm shocked by the plethora of grammatical errors I see. I see "your" instead of "you're" a lot. I see "alot" instead of "a lot" quite often. I see "their" instead of "they're" or "there" way more than I should. Just how many Americans will really notice that Obama's grammar is impeccable?

Update: I've just been informed that the item I quoted is supposed to be a joke started by The Onion. It's only a joke to those white people who have never been called "sadity" for using proper grammar. Please view the comments for this posting.

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