JOHN MCWHORTER teaches linguistics and Western Civilization at Columbia University. He has also taught on the history of black musical theatre.
He was widely consulted by the media during the Oakland Ebonics controversy of 1997. He is also the author of several books, including Authentically Black, The Power of Babel, The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language, and most recently, Words on the Move: Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally).
He has written on race issues for City Journal, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and appeared on Dateline NBC, Politically Incorrect, Talk of the Nation, and Good Morning America.