Examing Language in Ferguson

E on DC

It's simply amazing how the language thing is never examined these days.

How should one interpret the "Burn This Bitch Down" comment coming out of Ferguson? Are we suddenly all in an elevator with Ray Rice?

It's impossible to create a new world while embracing a vocabulary that fails to embrace any degree of moral elevation. What lies beyond our anger and rage? After the darkness of destruction will only the fires of ruin burn bright? November is ending and what was once Winter in America is suddenly turning to a December that might be hotter than July. I fear a new racial climate change and global warming. There are no more poems left for me to write. Every word is now broken in my hand.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He is a board member of The Writer's Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at
Bennington College. - See more at: http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/dancing-barrys-blues-when-ot...


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