Patois Rob Ford

I'm Jamaican, But It's Not Ford's Patois That Offended Me

Dr. Lisa Tomlinson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

Let us not fall prey to the media's manipulation and become too offended by Rob Ford's rambling in Jamaican. As a language educator and native speaker, Ford's appropriation of Jamaican was not offensive. I have seen worst (mis)appropriation of the language loaded with stereotypes and they have gone unchallenged by these same institutions. What is offensive and should be of concern to our community is Rob Ford's white male privilege that allows him to stay in office despite his repeated misconduct in public and his tireless apologies/deceptions to the people of Toronto. Over the years we have seen what has happened to prominent black public figures who have committed less "offense" and how speedily they were removed from offices or forced out of positions of power.

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HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Music

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CBC | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics

The latest video of an intoxicated Rob Ford features the Toronto mayor at a fast-food restaurant, ranting in a Jamaican-style patois.  Among the wo...