Evidence for why you shouldn’t ridicule non-standard English

So important for our teachers to understand, but it’s buried on p. 29 of McWhorter’s The Missing Spanish Creoles: “In Creolophone communities, authors such as Rickford have shown that while the standard indeed has a definite prestige because of its association with advancement, basilectal and mesolectal registers have just as powerful a covert prestige and are maintained as symbols of racial and social identity.”

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