Why Is Standard English More Than The Oppressor's Language?

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In the essay entitled ”Language”, bell books talks about how Standard English is the language of conquest and domination, the oppressor’s language, and how it can be turned against itself. In the past, the enslaved, upon hearing English for the first time, might have thought it a tyrant’s vernacular, yet imagining this language needing to be possessed, taken, and claimed as a space of resistance. They used the oppressor’s language and revised it in a way that it had ruptured standard usage and meaning so that the white folks could often not understand this form of black speech, making English into more than the oppressor’s language. They reinvented the language commonly used to silence and censor in a way that it would speak beyond the boundaries
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