Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 02:34:26 -0500 From: Jim Crotty Subject: Re: "it's all good" In a message dated 11/2/97 6:31:11 PM, you wrote: < Why does everything have to originate from AAVE or "Black Talk?" > Some phrases or sayings are just that, not because they originated from > black people, but just sayings. Damn!, why cant it come from "White > talk" and what exactly would white talk be? I'm not trying to offend > anybody its just that this "black talk" issue is kind of touchy for me.>> Well, this notion of "black talk" is, in part, fostered by "black" writers. I have a book on my shelf by Geneva Smitherman called Black Talk, which argues that there is definitely a uniquely "black" way of speech. Though she doesn't have "all good," she does have "all that." But I agree, I prefer to be color-blind in most things, including vernacular. Though there are times when words or expressions clearly come from a very specific racial group.