2002-10-19 / Letters

White Anchors, Slang Dialect

White Anchors, Slang Dialect

Dear Editor;

I just finished reading Gary Toms' column " CNN Just Doesn't Get It," regarding the "dumbing down" of CNN news broadcasts and reporting. I find his comparisons of middle-aged white men and women speaking like 1970's black movie characters quite interesting.

When blacks are portrayed in the media playing a "white man" part, as in Eddie Murphy movies, people cry "racism."

There is no doubt that there are cultural differences within America, and a person of one culture trying to portray another usually appears odd. As a journalist, Mr. Toms should call upon all Americans to speak and write the English language properly. I grew up with Mr. Toms, and I can remember how well he did in English classes in school. Pass that knowledge along!

BILL MANNING


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