Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 12:08:41 -0600 From: Greg Pulliam Subject: Re: Meredith's English >On Mon, 24 Nov 1997, Greg Pulliam wrote: > >> The Chicago Sun-Times contains a blurb in today's edition about James >> Meredith, the first African-American admitted to the University of >> Mississippi. According to this story, he is calling on all >> African-American males to give up "Black English," saying they will never >> become "intellectual giants" unless they learn "proper English." Meredith >> says he has no problem with Black English, but that his foundation will >> nevertheless offer English classes. > >What is this foundation? And is it the case that BE impedes only males? > >Thanks >Bethany I'm not sure what the foundation is. Meredith worked for a time for a (Washington-based, I think) conservative group--perhaps this is the foundation the article referred to. It's a VERY short blurb--maybe 100 words--in the "News in Brief" section of the paper. I can send the whole thing to the list when I get home this evening, if anyone wants me to do so. There's not much else in it, but maybe the wording will be helpful. I don't know why Meredith (or the article's anonymous writer) refers to males only, but that's the impression I got when I read it this morning at 6:45. Gregory J. Pulliam Illinois Institute of Technology Lewis Department of Humanities Chicago, IL 60616 gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]