Date: Thu, 13 Jul 1995 09:44:56 -0600
From: Salikoko Mufwene s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UCHICAGO.EDU
Subject: Re: oj trial
In message Thu, 13 Jul 1995 08:55:51 +0100, debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU writes:
I heard an nth-hand report that the attorneys in the OJ trial and Judge
Ito clashed yesterday over a prosecution question about whether some
witness overheard someone "who sounded black."
I saw the news segment on CNN HEADDLINE NEWS in which Attorney
Cochran(?) was reported to have taken offense at this characterization.
I thought "sounding black/African American" was a common phrase even among
African Americans. So I was shocked by the reaction. I remember
participating in a symposium on AAVE in which an African American linguist
was trying to articulate a distinction between "sounding black" and
"talking black." But I suppose there may be a legal dimension that I have
not perceived yet.