Could Black English Mean a Prison Sentence?
Court stenographers often misunderstand Black English, and their mistakes could affect people’s lives at crucial junctures.
The Atlantic: Ideas
"27 Philadelphia stenographers, presented with recordings of Black English grammatical patterns, made transcription errors on average in two out of every five sentences ... The Black English gap, as one might call it, matters."
There are times when stenographers misunderstanding Black English could lead to someone doing time. Blasting the myth of Black English as mere "mistakes" is as important here as in the schoolroom, if not more.
"Equality is, of course, impossible if the black people grappling with courts and imprisonment are routinely misunderstood."
argues stenographers need to learn the basics of Black English
Stenographers mis-transcribed two out of every five sentences when they were spoken in Black English
“Why don’t you just give me a lawyer, dog?” Warren Demesme asked the police when accused of sexual assault in 2017. ... but Demesme’s rights were ignored because, it was argued, he’d requested a “lawyer dog,” not an actual attorney.
Stenographers Need to Understand Black English - The Atlantic
Fairness & pattern recognition, human (un)intelligence edition: "Why don’t you just give me a lawyer, dog?", [he] asked...—but Demesme’s rights were ignored because, it was argued, ***he’d requested a "lawyer dog", not an actual attorney.***