It is ironic that the author was ridiculed for not speaking Black English and getting good grades. I do not understand why it matters to some how one sounds. What does white sound like anyway? I guess that speaking Black English brings people together and is apart of Identity. But if one knows how to speak right, why not do so when appropriate why be at a disadvantage, as the author suggests. In another 100 years there will be no black or white everyone will be have the blood of all the ethnicities running through their veins. Black English served its purpose in the past, it allowed people from different tribes to communicate with one another, and Black English had a purpose back then. My question is does have one now? Only time will tell.