chapter  2
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Stylistic Variation in Vernacular Black English and the Teaching of College Composition

The 1992 video tape of the Rodney King beating, the verdict of the White Los Angeles police officers, and the subsequent riots, once again riveted the attention of the nation on the plight of the poor, especially inner-city African Americans. One had to wonder whether any genuine progress in race relations had been made since the assassination of Martin Luther King. In fact, there is much to suggest that the last 12 years have been a move backwards in race relations, because poverty, violence, and alienation in the inner city have increased. A kinder, gentler nation does not seem to have emerged.