This is from Vox. but I immediately disagree with the premise. They say that Bernie Sanders’s accent is distinctive of people who grew up in New York in the 1950s and ’60s.
I grew up in New York in the ’50s and ’60s, and neither I, nor anyone in my family has this accent. The Vox lady also makes a big deal about how Bernie grew up in Brooklyn. I grew up in Brooklyn, and when I look at where the marker is on the subway map, I see he didn’t grow up that far from where I lived.
So how does she come about the flaw in her argument?
For one, she makes the assumption that most New Yorkers who grew up in that time period have that accent. Samuel L. Jackson can you enlighten us here?
The more annoying part of the assumption is that everyone in New York is white and since they’re from the city, Jewish, which may play well with the rubes in the sticks, and was the implication of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Scumbag) when he talked about “New York values.”
But it’s a bogus premise. I really don’t remember real people in New York speaking this way in the neighborhood I lived in, but then, I didn’t live in the neighborhood Bernie (or for that matter, Donald Trump) lived in, and also, judging by the map, Bernie lived in an all white section of Brooklyn. My neighborhood, on the other hand, was multiethnic. There were Catholics, Jews, whites, blacks, Puerto Ricans, Chinese, and any other group you can think of including here.
Which leads us to another flaw in the Vox argument, which is a major flaw in media coverage everywhere. When a reference is made to the “typical” average person from any region of the country, typical is limited to one ethnic group.
The country’s a melting pot, people. Let’s’ show it that way. And just say Bernie has an accent that was typical of one ethnic group in New York in the 1950s and ’60s.