Father Knows Best
I was watching Larry King the other day and the always outspoken Billy Cosby sat with Larry to discuss the effects of bullying on American schoolchildren. In my opinion, Cosby made some drastic generalizations which made me think of of his hostility towards the black working class a few years ago surrounding their continued use of African American English. I found Cosby’s criticism to falsely assume that AAE speakers are sort of rebelling against society by using nonstandard English. He also doesn’t evaluate the historical context in it’s entirety, which might explain why any demographic group preferred any one dialect. At any rate, here’s an article covering Cosby’s initial claims made during a NAACP conference in 2004. Cosby has reiterated these arguments many times over the past couple years.