YO yo yo! Whassup my dog? Hey my peeps have you heard? The cyberstreets are buzzing from a blog post by the smoking gun yesterday about the DEA hiring black ebonic speaking individuals. What is interesting about this is there are a lot of non black folks who speak ebonics as well. Don’t get your panties in a bunch just yet because the undercover dudes may very well be non black folks too! Is this a sign of an economic recovery? I guess we should be happy an organization is hiring folks. With the job market in an hiring freeze and basically no jobs available across a spectrum of industries. There must be a lot of underground folks employed doing some shady shit. That would warrant the DEA wanting to get the 411, scooper dooper and coded ebonic language only used by folks who don’t want others to know what they are talking about? Now would be a good time to pick up a Webster dictionary and learn the English language from A-Z to avoid getting caught up in the cross web of arrest that are sure to come down the pipeline. Ebonic speaking folks who think it is cool to walk around speaking in a dialect that is clearly not ENGLISH are in for a rude awakening. The DEA is going to break the ebonic code….what a better way to that is by hiring folks who speak the allegedly Ebonic language. Wonder if I qualify for a job as a “Black English” Linguists? #JUSTSAYING being black and all!
Whassup with the DEA doin dat? It’s a black thang…it’s a drug problem that clearly from this job alert that blacks are going to get targeted in the selected geographic and demo-graphical areas!
The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.
A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a “DEA Sensitive” security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of “telephonic monitoring of court ordered non-consensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media”
The DEA’s need for full-time linguists specializing in Ebonics is detailed in bid documents related to the agency’s mid-May issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) covering the provision of as many as 2100 linguists for the drug agency’s various field offices. Answers to the proposal were due from contractors on July 29.
In contract documents, which are excerpted here, Ebonics is listed among 114 languages for which prospective contractors must be able to provide linguists. The 114 languages are divided between “common languages” and “exotic languages.” Ebonics is listed as a “common language” spoken solely in the United States.
Ebonics has widely been described as a nonstandard variant of English spoken largely by African Americans. John R. Rickford, a Stanford University professor of linguistics, has described it as “Black English” and noted that “Ebonics pronunciation 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).”
Detractors reject the notion that Ebonics is a dialect, instead considering it a bastardization of the English language.
Read more about the Department of Justice recruitment efforts.