By: Howard Williams
The new English language that has become common in America today, Doublespeak. Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., “downsizing” for layoffs, “servicing the target” for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning. In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language. However, it has become so common in our culture that we use it without being aware of it. Being politically correct has caused Americans to be unable to deal the truth. You should always want to know the truth. No matter how painful it may be. Asking someone to change their language in order not to offend you will only fool you into thinking they like you.
Therefore we must begin to question what we hear and begin to read more to get to the truth. The questions we ask ourselves and the questions we ask others have to be exact, accurate, correct, specific, detailed, explicit, unambiguous, definite. In other words precise.
After asking someone a question and after hearing their answer you walk away with the same question, they answered the question using doublespeak.
So the question for me is. Why are Black Americans afraid to invest in and create their own economy and educational system that will allow their economy and children to flourish rather than be a part of system that systematically excludes them from achieving great success????