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Obama and the “Black Dialect”

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 3, 2010 No Comment

In a recent radio segment, Rush Limbaugh made the following comment:

“Obama can turn on that black dialect when he wants to and turn it off.”

This particular comment is provoked by Obama’s pronunciation of the word “ask” during the President’s talk with state governors. Hendrik Hertzberg argues in the newyorker.com that Limbaugh’s comments are racially coded, and this leads to a flurry of commentary in the blogosphere. Click on the links to follow the discussions…

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