In order to help translate wiretapped phonecalls related to narcotics investigations, the Department of Justice is trying to hire linguists "fluent in Ebonics."
Ebonics is a nonstandard variant of English which includes features "like the omission of the final consonant in words like ‘past’ (pas’ ) and ‘hand’ (han’), the pronunciation of the th in ‘bath’ as t (bat) or f (baf), and the pronunciation of the vowel in words like ‘my’ and ‘ride’ as a long ah (mah, rahd).”
Ebonics first rose to national attention in 1996 when liberals (let us repeat, to be absolutely clear: LIBERALS) with the Oakland, California schoolboard declared Ebonics to be a special language which is genetically based" in African Americans. Ouch.
But that was then, and this is now...and the need for Ebonics translators is urgent. Senate majority leader Harry Reid has previously praised Barack Hussein Obama's linguistic skills, noting that he spoke with "no negro dialect unless he wanted to have one."
But sadly, the president is too busy building bridges with the Muslim world to waste his time building bridges between the worlds of Ebonics and English.