The wall crumbles

Wilson Gray wilson.gray at RCN.COM
Mon Apr 4 02:40:35 UTC 2005

On Apr 3, 2005, at 10:35 PM, Bethany K. Dumas wrote:

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>> I've just heard a black woman pronounce "whining" as "wining" instead
>> of as "hwining." The old order crumbleth. Well, it's to be expected, I
>> guess. A barracksmate of mine from Cincinnati once remarked, "Have you
>> noticed that, in words spelled with 'wh,' the 'h' is not pronounced?"
>> He was lucky to escape with his life. That was in 1961. I comforted
>> myself with the thought that we blacks would continue to represent and
>> keep it real. Oh, well. Nobody ever claimed that desegregation would
>> not have its down sides. ;-)
> Not to worry. Some of us white folks are helping you keep it real.
> Bethany

Thanks, Beth. I needed that! :-)


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