Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S.

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A
Abernathy, Ralph, 74
acoustic identity, 61n27
African American Language. See Black Language
African Holocaust, 104, 127n32
Ahlin, Elizabeth, 105
Akon, 145
“aks,” 37–38
Alexander, Michelle, 89n23
Alim, H. Samy, 9, 26n9, 28n15, 28n16, 56, 61n27, 110, 128n41, 128n50, 128n51, 129n71, 163n41, 164n54, 164n60, 165n63, 175, 193n6, 194n8, 195n9, 196n14
American Dream, 81
American Tongues (film), 185–186, 190, 193n3
anaphora, 29n27
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 195n9
Arrested Development, 113
articulate
bi- and multilingualism and, 45–48
as exceptionalism, 32–34, 41–44
as gatekeeping mechanism, 52–56
Obama as, 34–39
paternalism and, 48–52
policing and language and, 34–39
use of, 39–40
Asante, Molefi Kete, 83
Ashton Filmer, Alice, 61n27
Asian Americans, 46, 61n28
“ask,” 37–38
assimilation, 167
Audacity of Hope, The (Obama), 57, 75
audience
copula and, 9
styleshifting and, 13

B
Baia, Ashley, 18
Bailey, Guy, 26n7
“Ballot or the Bullet, The” (Malcolm X), 82
Banner, David, 137, 160
“Baracka Flacka Flame,” 121, 129n71
battlin, 176–177
Baugh, John, 26n7, 56, 62n40, 186, 195n9
“becoming Black,” 14, 28n23
been,” stressed, 170
benign neglect, 72, 89n22
Ben’s Chili Bowl, 7–10
Bercovitch, Sacvan, 77, 91n36
Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama (Wise), 33
Biden, Joseph, 31, 34, 59n1, 59n8, 61n24
Big Boi, 160–161, 166n180
bilinguals, 45–48
Birther movement, 22
Black folk theory, 48–52
Black Freedom Struggle, 73, 90n27
Black Language
Africanisms, 127n23
in Ann Arbor case, 195n9
ask vs. aks, 37–38
as “baby talk,” 49
“becoming controversial,” 121–122, 125
complexity of, 169–171
copula absence in, 8–9, 170
creativity in, 175–178
early scholarship on, 49
in education, 171–174
flexibility in, 175–178
as inferior, 169
lexicon, 193n8, 197n19
in Oakland case, 171, 195n9

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword- Orator-in-Chief ix
  • Showin Love xv
  • 1 - "Nah, We Straight" 1
  • 2 - A.W.B. (Articulate While Black) 31
  • 3 - Makin a Way Outta No Way 64
  • 4 - "The Fist Bump Heard ‘Round the World" 94
  • 5 - "My President’s Black, My Lambo’s Blue" 130
  • 6 - Change the Game 167
  • Index 199
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