Readership: General readers interested in language, race, and politics, especially where those issues concern the Obama presidency.
H. Samy Alim, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies in Education, Stanford, Geneva Smitherman, Professor of English, Michigan State University, and Foreward by Michael Eric Dyson
H. Samy Alim is Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford University, where he directs the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL) and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA). Some of his most recent books include You Know My Steez, Roc the Mic Right, Talkin Black Talk, and Global Linguistic Flows.
Geneva Smitherman is University Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, Co-Founder and Core Faculty, African American and African Studies, and Core Faculty, African Studies Center, at Michigan State University. A linguist and educational activist, she has been at the forefront of the struggle for language rights for over 30 years. She is the author of several books, among them Talkin and Testifyin, Black Talk, Talkin That Talk, and Word from the Mother.
1 <"Nah, We Straight>": Black Language and America's First Black President 12
2 A.W.B. (Articulate While Black): Language and Racial Politics in the U.S. 54
3 Makin A Way Outta No Way: The Race Speech and Obama's Rhetorical Remix 101
4 <"The Fist Bump Heard 'round the World>": How Black Communication Becomes Controversial 144
5 <"My President's Black, My Lambo's Blue>": Hip Hop, Race, and the Culture Wars 194
6 Change the Game: Language, Education, and the Cruel Fallout of Racism 248