Date: Thu, 24 Mar 1994 09:07:01 -0600 From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU Subject: Re: for the record > >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 > The insult is all the worse since Kokie is the daughter of Hale Boggs. Am I not mistook that he was a rep. from Louisiana? Tim Frazer