Not All African-Americans Use the Same Language!

RECEIVED Thu., June 14, 2012

Dear Editor,
    Thank you for writing the article on my brother Octavis Berry [“You Can't Bury Me,” Music, June 8]. Initially, when I read the article, I was a bit surprised by the quote "niggas." I’m not familiar with the type of audience The Austin Chronicle solicits, but knowing the language Octavis used in his songs, I just said to myself … “hmm … go figure.” Today, I received a copy of the print version of the article, and I am completely appalled by the placement of my family's picture and the direct quote by Geezo. I personally don’t know Geezo, and it appears that he is referencing my family as “I’d die for these niggas.” I’m pretty sure he is really referencing the League. Neither myself or my mother consider ourselves, or reference ourselves – or anyone else for that matter as “niggas.” The next time you do an article, please don’t assume, that we (African-Americans) all speak the same language. In my opinion, some direct quotes don’t deserve any recognition, especially in print.
Angela Enoch
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