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

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.