Date: Wed, 23 Mar 1994 10:08:06 CST From: Mike Picone Subject: for the record Just for the record, I heard another instance of NPR anti-Southern bias this morning on the radio. Kokie Roberts was referring to some federal legislator (whose name I didn't catch) when she said that he "mumbled in a Mississippi drawl that nobody understands." I will bet money that the person in question was a white Southerner, for she would never have permitted herself such a derogatory remark if it had been otherwise. In fact, the insult is all the greater because of the exaggeration, for even if someone of another ethnic group conceivably spoke a divergent variety of English or an "accented" variety that impeded comprehension, such a remark would be considered inappropriate. Yet in this case it is not credible that the variety of English she is referring to is actually unintelligible to her or anyone else, but she did not hesitate to use exaggeration to make a negative insinuation based on linguistic habits. Mike Picone University of Alabama