The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is looking for linguists who are fluent in Ebonics.
"Federal agents are seeking to hire Ebonics translators to help interpret wiretapped conversations involving targets of undercover drug investigations.
The Drug Enforcement Administration recently sent memos asking companies that provide translation services to help it find nine translators in the Southeast who are fluent in Ebonics, Special Agent Michael Sanders said Monday.
Ebonics, which is also known as African American Vernacular English, has been described by the psychologist who coined the term as the combination of English vocabulary with African language structure.
Some DEA agents already help translate Ebonics, Sanders said. But he said (he) wasn't sure if the agency has ever hired outside Ebonics experts as contractors." - The Associated Press
In other words the DEA doesn't understand what all those Negro criminals in Atlanta are saying to each other and they need a few Black people fluent in the Negro language of Ebonics to translate. Sounds more like something from a bad movie (see video below) than something a government agency would be doing.
Back in the 70's and 80's Ebonics was called jive, right?
Hey wait a minute! Don't we have a Black President now? Is he okay with the DEA looking for Ebonics translators?
I wonder if the DEA will have linguists who understand the Redneck language as well? Or is Redneck not considered another distinct language like Ebonics?
It's amazing how Black people in this country are constantly subjected to being 'othered'. Pretty much every culture uses vernacular but it's only with African Americans that it is supposed to be another language.